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Over 2000 health workers vaccinated for Ebola

December 19, 2018 6:30 pm

By Shamim Natebwa. 

The ministry of health has reechoed that Uganda is Ebola free. Speaking at the media Engagement on Ebola update at Golf course Hotel the health Minister Doctor Jane Ruth Aceng that Currently on Ebola case has so far been reported in the country and all the 350 suspected cases reported detected negative with more than 2000 front line health workers in the 7 high risk DR Congo boarder districts including Kasese, Bindibugyo, Ntoroko,and others have been fully vaccinated.

Doctor Aceng has cautioned journalists from declaring disease outbreaks in the country before being confirmed by the ministry that puts lives of the public on tension.

Media has been asked to always respect the incubation period of confirming the disease which is between 2 to 21 days.

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Uber, Taxify drivers go on strike

December 19, 2018 6:28 pm

By Ritah Kemigisa.

Uber and Taxify drivers in Uganda under their umbrella body Smart online Drivers Association have gone on strike demanding for a review of rates and working conditions amid the escalating fuel prices.

The association’s spokespersons Mercilus Katinba says the drivers are struggling to survive because of the low charges and the huge percentages Uber and Taxify operators take from each trip made.

He says the drivers now want minimum rates for both Uber and Taxify increased from shs 4000 and shs 4500 to at least shs 7000 or higher to cater for vehicle maintenance, Airtime, mobile data and insurance cover.

They also want charges for a Kilometer increased from shs 500 to shs 1500 and the waiting charge from shs 100 to shs 400.

Kantiba adds that pick up charges and compensation charges for Taxify drivers whose journeys are always undervalued need to be introduced.

The association has over 1000 registered Uber and Taxify drivers.

MOH Permanent Secretary defended her proposal to have private hospitals charged for blood

December 19, 2018 2:30 pm

By Benjamin Jumbe.

Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary Dr Diana Atwine has defended her proposal to have private hospitals charged for blood

It follows sharp criticism of the Permanent Secretary’s proposal made at a handover ceremony of a blood donation van to Mengo Hospital.

Now speaking to KfmDr Diana said the proposal was done in good faith arguing that the private hospitals continue collecting free processed blood but sell it to patients claiming the payment is for “processing fees”.

She admitted that it is not easy at the moment to crack the whip on facilities charging hence the need to find ways of ensuring that Ugandans in need of blood can access it

Some people have expressed fear that once such a proposal is approved, the private hospitals will pass on the fees to patients

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Uganda gets 12.5M Dollar oil grant from Norway

December 19, 2018 2:00 pm

By Ritah Kemigisa.

The ministry of Finance has today received a 12.5M Dollar grant from the Norwegian government to strengthen the management of the Oil and Gas sector through the Oil for Development Programme which is in the third phase.

Signing the financing agreement, the Norwegian Ambassador to Uganda Susan Eckey said as Uganda transitions from exploration to development and production institutional strengthening is important if they are to overcome many challenges.

He however said the support given today will help in building capacities of authorities in the petroleum sector so that they can be transparent for the the public to hold them accountable.

The finance minister Matia Kasaija said the grant comes at a critical time as activities in the oil sector are to gain momentum.

He said the support will be used to put in place necessary legal and institution frameworks to manage the sector before first oil.

The Agreement signed today marks a continuation of the cooperation between Uganda and Norway for 5 years, until the end of 2022.

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Museveni to preside over ground breaking ceremony for the 300 bn Kampala fly over project

December 19, 2018 11:00 am

By Damali Mukhaye.

President Museveni is set to preside over the ground breaking ceremony for the 300 billion shilling Kampala fly over project whose construction kicks off next year in January.

The Uganda National Roads Authority Public Relations Manager Allan Ssempebwa says the event will take place at Nakivubo Blue Primary School.

The first phase of the construction will cover the 0.5 km clock tower flyover and improvement of Entebbe road which is expected to cost 360 billion shillings.

Ssempebwa says some roads in the city will today be diverted as the event unfolds.

 

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2018 has been a challenging year to police says IGP Ochola

December 19, 2018 10:00 am

BY JOSEPH KATO.

jkato@ug.nationmedia.com

Inspector General of Police, Martin Okoth Ochola, says 2018 has been a challenging year to the Uganda Police Force because of numerous policing encounters.

Mr Ochola in his statement read out to the media by police spokesperson, Emilian Kayima, highlighted the policing dilemmas to the police institution among others murders, kidnaps, fire outbreaks, thefts water and road accidents.

The police chief reminded Ugandans to be security conscious in this festive season since such challenges could worsen. Drivers and motorists have been cautioned and urged to be disciplined and follow the traffic laws.

Mr Kayima was flanked by Kampala Metropolitan police commander, CP Moses Kafeero, Col Ham Kaija commandant police air wing, CP Bazir Mugisha, deputy director traffic police and ACP Moses Walwanga, deputy commandant police marine unit.

Some of the murders that outstood in this year include the killing of former Buyende DPC ASP Muhammad Kirumira, Arua Municipality MP Col Ibrahim Abiriga, kidnap and murder of Susan Magara.

Road accidents that claimed many lives include Gaaga Bus in Kiryandongo that killed 22 passengers while the November 24 boat cruise carnage on Lake Victoria killed 32 revelers.

Mr Ochola called upon District, Division and OC station commanders to keep track of renowned criminals in their areas of jurisdiction and conduct operations to whip out suspected thugs.

Meanwhile, Mr Kayima has called upon people claiming to have been brutalized, tortured or wrongfully detained by army to report to police so that an investigation can be conducted. He was responding to a question on why soldiers have increasingly been accused to extorting money from residents after illegally arresting them. On music shows being banned, Mr Kayima insisted that they will only clear those that have met the stipulated requirements.

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