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Nursing Student Wins Miss Victoria University

The faculty of Health Sciences produced the student who won the Miss Victoria University beauty contest which took place Saturday at Speke Resort Munyonyo.

Achan Nhial Bol, a student of bachelor of nursing sciences, emerged victorious beating five other girls to replace Namuli Precious Priscilla, the outgoing Miss Victoria University.

Also, Robert Sekamanya, a student of Science in Oil and Gas, was crowned Mr Victoria University by the judges led by reigning Miss Uganda. Ssekamaanya beat off competition from three other male students.

Other notable awards of the night included Miss and Mr congeniality, popularity, creative and culture.

The event's sponsors included Speke Resort Munyonyo, Mpaka Records of Ykee Benda, International School of Modeling, Joram Model Management, Calabash Spa and Saloon, Yvonnetash, Awesome Beauty Parlour, and NBS TV.

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 establish a network of village health teams focused on creating cancer awareness within their communities in Kaliro district.

The village health teams will be distributing cancer education materials and will also be trained as para-counselors to offer psycho-social support to terminally ill patients. Similarly, the MoU also aims at extending support to People Living with Aids, vulnerable children and the elderly in Kaliro.

Kiirya remarked that he was grateful to CISSU for agreeing to collaborate with his organization to stand with the rural communities.

“We thank you for accepting our request and giving us a chance to work with you. We have been undertaking a number of health activities in advocating for orphans and vulnerable children, people living with Aids, as well as skilling communities and we have been yearning to get into partnerships with organizations like CISSU to build on the relationships already established with the communities and the district leadership.” Said Kiirya.

While reacting, Susan Badagawa, thanked the Save Community Care Foundation management for agreeing to partner with CISSU.

“This is a calling which touches all of us. It is a cause where we have to help the people living in the countryside.  They lack information and we have to extend cancer awareness to them. Without partnerships, you cannot do much, but together we can achieve more. We have been having challenges that have limited our interventions to only urban centers but by the grace of God, we shall build on partnerships like these to reach the hard to reach areas. 

As CISSU, we shall do our best to fight cancer in the rural areas and gradually, we shall extend support in other areas to the communities. People need social skills as well, promoting positivity to the young people and how to improve on their livelihoods. We hope to work with SCCF  to achieve most of these.” Said Susan adagawa.

Uganda has one of the highest cancer burdens on the African continent. According to the Globocan report of 2018, Uganda recorded 32617 new cancer cases and 21829 deaths. The increasing cancer burden is due to several factors like population growth, ageing, and the changing prevalence of certain causes of cancer linked to social and economic development.

According to the 2018 CISSU needs assessment for the cancer information gap that was conducted in Uganda, it was discovered that Ugandans in rural areas received cancer information through radio. However the radio shows were aired during hours when they were busy in gardens or tired after work. The rural communities also preferred to access information through health workers within their communities or village health team but none of them was offering cancer information.

Kigorobya Health Centre IV Theatre Lies Idle 10 Years After Construction

The theatre at Kigorobya Health Center IV in Kigorobya sub county, Hoima district is lying idle due to the failure by government to recruit there an anesthetic technician and attendant. 

The theatre built 10 years ago, is equipped with an operating table, oxygen Cylinder, anesthetic machine and sterilizer among others but it is dysfunctional due to lack of critical staff.

The theatre is being used by the Infectious Disease Institute (IDI) to carry out safe male medical circumcision Lawrence.

Tumusiime the health officer incharge of Bugahya health sub-district says the facility receives hundreds of patients in need of surgery but they end up referring them to Hoima Regional Referral Hospital due to the failure to operationalize the theatre.

He has appealed for government intervention. Tumusiime made the remarks during the handover of a maternity ward that was renovated by MTN Uganda. MTN equipped the facility with 10 beds, 10 mosquito nets, 10 blankets and installed a water tank. This cost Sh90m.

MTN general manager in charge of sales and distribution Juliet Nsubuga says the renovation is part of MTN’s cooperate social responsibility aimed at promoting good health.

While receiving the facility, the Kigorobya County MP who is also the state minister for public service David Karubanga commended MTN for the support.

Karubanga, however admits the shortage of anesthetic personnel adding that government is currently training the medics who will later be deployed to various health units.

Joseph Ruyonga the Hoima district health officer says the renovated maternity ward will improve on maternal and infant health care services.

Speaking at a luncheon at Mika Eco Resort Hotel, Andrew Byakutaga the Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom Prime Minister commended MTN for giving back to the Kingdom subjects through supporting health and education and called for more support to foster development.

Calabash Spa & Salon Introduces Massage Rooms For Couples

Massage sessions when done together provide an opportunity for couples to bond and rejuvenate their relationship. To respond to this need, Calabash Spa & Salon, Kampala’s luxurious spa and salon has introduced massage rooms for couples.

“Our couple's massage room is ready and waiting. Let everything pair up. Waiting for you and your favorite person,” Calabash Spa & Salon announced on their social media pages. This means a couple can enjoy top notch spa services in an environment that is condusive and bonding.

Calabash Spa & Salon are a luxurious spa and salon that provides a variety of services for the purpose of improving health, beauty and relaxation through personal care treatments such as hair, massages and facials.

The spa and salon where launched last year by Speke Apartments on Wampewo Avenue. Speke Apartments specializes in self-catering apartments for corporate, leisure and family travelers in Kampala.

“We are a Health and Beauty SPA with well certified experts in massage and other various beauty and health treatments,” it added.

Spa treatments and massage therapies create both mental and physical health benefits, experts say. Studies have shown that the frequency of visiting a spa directly correlates with better quality sleep, fewer sick days, reduced absenteeism from work and fewer hospitalizations.

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