CHOLERA OUTBREAK: How To Protect Yourself From Getting Infected

The ministry of health on Friday informed the public that there is an active cholera outbreak in five districts. The affected districts according to the ministry are Bududa, Kyegegwa, Busia and Isingiro. And of the 241 cases reported in the five districts, only 2 deaths have been recorded over the last three months - since June 2019. The ministry said it is doing all it can to contain the high-risk disease through intensified health education of hygiene improvement including handwashing with soap, eating hot food, use of safe water, construction of latrines and investigate further outbreaks to identify the risk…
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CISSU Signs MOU With Kaliro’s Save Community Care Foundation

The Cancer Information & Support Society of Uganda (CISSU) and Save Community Care Foundation, a not for profit organization from Kaliro, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at extending cancer awareness and support interventions among the rural communities in Kaliro district, eastern Uganda. The CISSU Board Chairperson, Susan Birungi Badagawa and the Save Community Care Foundation Executive Director, Godfrey Kiirya signed the MOU on behalf of their respective organizations at a special signing ceremony organized at the CISSU head offices in Kiwatule, Kampala. The major thrust of the MOU is for the two organizations to work collaboratively to…
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Fresh Measles Outbreak Reported In Hoima

The Hoima district health inspector Fredrick Byenume has blamed the fresh outbreak of measles in the district on parents who fail to immunize their children. Byenume explains that there is a fresh outbreak of measles in the district. The disease is reported in areas Bujumbura division, Mparo division and Kahoora division in Hoima Municipality. Others are Kyabigambire, Kigorobya and Bugambe sub-counties. He says that ministry of health and Hoima district local government are currently carrying out a routine immunization of children against measles, TB, Hepatitis B virus and human papilloma virus among girls aged 14. Byenume says there is need…
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Proceeds From Speke Resort Family Fun Day To Benefit Kids With Cancer

Speke Resort Munyonyo has said that it will host a Family Fun Day on Sunday 23rd September, 2018, at the Stables and all proceeds from the event will go to New Hope Children’s Hostel, a home for children with cancer and receiving treatment from Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI). New Hope Children’s Hostel, a charitable organization, will be getting a lab facility with blood chemistry and full blood count machine. Cancer remains one of the highest killer diseases in Uganda and around the globe. It is more devastating when it attacks children. Most organizations offering palliative care lack the necessary medicine,…
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Victoria University Works With Autism Center

As part of their internship, Victoria University's students of Social Work and Social Administration were provided with the opportunity to collaborate with the Centre for Autism Intervention. They developed 100 messages about the condition, looked for partners for the Centre to build its profile and worked to create more awareness on dealing with children/individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). About Autism According to autismspeaks.org, Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. There is not one autism…
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Cervical Cancer To Kill More Than 443,000 Women Annually

By the year 2030, cervical cancer will kill more than 443,000 women yearly worldwide, most of them in sub-Saharan Africa, experts have revealed ahead of the upcoming African Vaccination Week commemoration. The 8th African Vaccination Week will be celebrated from 23 to 29 April 2018. Cervical cancer remains a leading cause of cancer death among women in Africa. According to the Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy, by the year 2030, cervical cancer will kill more than 443,000 women yearly worldwide, most of them in sub-Saharan Africa. According to the Human papillomavirus (HPV) Center, 2017, cervical cancer ranks as the most…
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These Ministry Of Health HIV Figures Will Make You Sad And Make Think Twice About Your Sexual Behavior

The ministry recently released Preliminary Results of the 2016 Uganda Population HIV Impact Assessment which examines the HIV and AIDS virus prevalence in Uganda. The report has antagonizing figures as seen below: RELEASE OF PRELIMINARY RESULTS OF THE 2016 UGANDA POPULATION HIV IMPACT ASSESSMENT The results of the 2016 Uganda Population HIV Impact Assessment (UPHIA) indicate that the current prevalence of HIV among adults aged 15 – 49 years in Uganda is 6% (this means that 6% of adults aged 15-49 years in Uganda are living with HIV). Among children under age five years, HIV prevalence is 0.5%, while among…
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Government To Increase Access To Non- Communicable Disease Medicines

The Government of Uganda has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Novartis Access, to increase patients’ access to treatment for Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs). A basket of fifteen high-quality medicines targeting four key NCDs – cardiovascular disease, diabetes, respiratory illnesses, and breast cancer - will be availed countrywide. Under this MoU, these treatments will be provided to Government at a cost of $1 USD per treatment per month supplied through the National Medical Stores and Joint Medical Stores. The agreement will also cover capacity-building activities for medical practitioners as well as sensitization of the public in prevention and early detection…
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Sickle Cell Disease: Couples Told To Undergo Premarital Screening

The people of Uganda, this year, join the rest of the world to commemorate World Sickle Cell Day. In that spirit, the Ministry of Health is ambitiously appealing to couples to carry out Sickle Cell screening before marriage. Dr. Diana Atwine, the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Health explained that Sickle cell disease is inherited from both parents if both carry the abnormal genes as carriers or sicklers. The sickle cell disease is a genetic disorder affecting red blood cells making them unable to efficiently carry oxygen around the body cells. Dr. Atwine, who was addressing a press conference ahead…
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Government Issues Ebola Prevention Guidelines Amidst Disease Scare

After a suspected case of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) was reported and investigated at Lacor hospital in Gulu district, with results coming out negative, the government of Uganda through the Ministry of Health on Thursday issued preventive guidelines to curb the deadly disease. “The Ministry of Health wishes to inform the public that there is no single case of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD that has been confirmed in Uganda, a press statement signed by Prof Anthony K. Mbonye, the Ag. Director General Health Services, Ministry of Health, confirmed following reports on 30th May, 2017 indicating that a 19 year old…
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Health Ministry Releases Cholera Guidelines To Eliminate Disease

The Ministry of Health, with support from UNICEF and WHO, has launched the National Integrated Comprehensive Cholera Prevention and Control Plan (NICCP2017-2022), to consolidate the gains in prevention and control of cholera and move towards elimination. This plan, according to the ministry, will coordinate resource mobilization and implementation of priority targeted cholera prevention and control interventions at all levels with focus on social mobilization and community empowerment. The plan will also promote access to safe water, good sanitation and hygiene, surveillance and laboratory confirmation of outbreaks, prompt case management and infection control, complementary use of Oral Cholera Vaccine and coordination…
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Indian Investor Offers Open Cheque To Cancer Institute

By Sharon Kyatusiimire Dr. Madhusudan Agrawal Tuesday offered an open cheque to the Mulago cancer institute to help in buying equipments, training doctors and building infrastructure.The business man who is also the Uganda ambassador to Mumbai in India is in the country with over 40 Indian investors for an official visit. While visiting the institute Tuesday afternoon with the prime minister of Uganda Ruhakana Rugunda, Agrawal handed over the cheque to Dr Fred Okuku, an oncologist at the cancer institute and asked him to make an assessment of the immediate needs of the institute and determine how much they need.…
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Men Targeted As Uganda Sets New Deadline To End HIV Scourge

Uganda has launched a five point Presidential First-Track Initiative to End the HIV/AIDS Pandemic as public health threat in Uganda by 2030. By launching the Initiative, Uganda sets 2030 as the new deadline to wipe out the life ending disease which has claimed millions of Ugandan lives since the early 1980s. In a show of commitment, President Yoweri Museveni appended his presidential signature to bless initiative. This initiative was launched with main focus on voluntary testing for men. The president speaking during the launch on Tuesday at Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala under the theme ‘Ending AIDS by 2030’ called…
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Uganda To Launch Cholera Control Guidelines

The ministry of health in Uganda is taking a giant leap in the fight against cholera with the launch of Guidelines for Prevention and Control of Cholera and Comprehensive Cholera Plan. The launch will take place this Wednesday, 7th June, at Ridar Hotel, Seeta in Mukono. Uganda is occasionally hit by the killer diseases leaving scores dead. Districts in northern, south western parts of Uganda and the slum areas in Kampala are usually hit most. Cholera is an infectious disease usually spread through contaminated water that causes severe diarrhea and dehydration. At the launch of the guidelines, the ministry will…
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Kamuli District To Host World Sickle Cell Day

Sickle cell remains a health concern among Ugandan families and this month all ayes will be focusing on Kamuli when it hosts the World Sickle Cell Day celebration on 19th June, 2017. World Sickle Cell Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2008 in order to increase the awareness about the sickle cell disease and its cure among the common public. It was celebrated first time on 19th of June in 2009. Sickle cell disease has become a common and foremost genetic disease worldwide which is must to cure through the fast awareness campaign, curable activities, early…
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