Ten Reasons To Get That Gym Membership

Just as it takes a special breed of a motivated individual to work at home, rare is the man who can get in a full workout without a place to work out. Working from home works for some people because the alternative is dying, impoverished in a gutter. The alternative to working out at home is watching TV, eating and sleeping. Most of us mere mortal need a gym to help get us into the best shape possible. It is essential that you get a gym membership if you are serious about getting in shape. Yes, the sacrifices can be…
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Ministry Of Health Strengthens Immunization Coverage

Ministry of Health in collaboration with UNICEF is gearing up efforts towards increased coverage of routine immunization across the country. The Deputy Programs Manager UNEPI, Dr. Henry Luzze told journalists at a sensitization workshop recently that that there are 12 immunizeable diseases and government is planning an additional thirteenth vaccine to protect all Ugandan children. The 12 immunizeable diseases are: Tuberculosis, Poliomyelitis, Whooping cough, Diphtheria, Tetanus Measles, Neonatal Tetanus, Hepatitis B infections, H. Influenza infection, Cancer of cervix, Pneumococcal infections, Rotavirus. Government introduced Injectable Polio Vaccine (IPV) into routine immunization in early 2016. “Injectable Polio Vaccine will not replace Oral…
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New Health Minister Speaks Out On Her Key Priorities

The Minister of Health Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng took over her new responsibility with demands from different sections of the sector. The first a hundred days in office, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng pledges to prioritize on the following five key issues which include; Strengthening Evaluation and Monitoring through supportive supervision. Addressing None- Communicable and Communicable disease control plus Epidemics. Addressing reporting structures and governance systems Addressing Human Resource gap Harmonizing Communication to the Public with a clear strategy to ensure information is disseminated in a more streamlined manner. According to the Honorable Minister,a new structure within the ministry that brings…
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Ring To Protect Women Against HIV

Ministry of Health in partnership with Makerere University and John Hopkins Universities Research Collaboration has released findings from a Ring study which showed that a monthly vaginal ring containing the Antiretroral drug dapivirine can prevent HIV infection in women and it is safe for long-term use. This is the first time two studies have confirmed statistically significant efficiency for a microbicide. The ring could provide a discreet and easy to use new method of protection for women at high risk of acquiring HIV. Ugandan Scientists have a story to tell about the HIV triumph. After nearly 20 years of research,…
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Ministry of Health Signs MOU With Aga-Khan University Hospital, Nairobi

The Ministry of health has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Aga-Khan University Hospital, Nairobi (AKUHN). The signing seeks to establish and enhance a collaborative relationship between Uganda through the Uganda Cancer Institute and AKUHN in the care for cancer patients within the region. Two patients have already been referred for treatment under this program, while 20 others are lined up for the same. The vetting process continues under the supervision of the Tumor board, set up to screen patients for eligibility and possible referral. Approximately, 400 patients will benefit from this program. This program will particularly consider patients…
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AIDS pageant in Uganda seeks to stem stigma, discrimination

When she was younger, Tryphena Natukunda's mother discouraged her from swallowing her antiretroviral medicines among strangers or even distant relatives. Because the girl had AIDS, which can fuel stigmatization and invite harsh judgment, the mother wanted her daughter's condition kept a secret within the family. Yet as she grew older, Natukunda, now 18 and the latest winner of a beauty pageant for young Ugandan women with the virus that causes AIDS, yearned to live openly, even if it meant people saying harsh things behind her back. Natukunda was crowned Miss Young Positive during a boisterous affair at a Kampala hotel…
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Alcohol Bill Gets Nod From Health Ministry, Civil Society

Government has welcomed the proposed Alcohol Drinks Control Bill 2016, saying it will help reduce excessive alcohol consumption in the country. The Bill, a private members' initiative, spearheaded by the Mukono Municipality MP, Ms Betty Nambooze, seeks to consolidate all alcoholic-related laws and sets tougher sanctions on alcohol consumption. The principal medical officer of mental health and control of substance abuse at the Health ministry, Dr Sheila Ndyanabangi, said the Bill, if passed into law, will reduce government expenditure on alcohol-related diseases. "We are soon tabling an Alcohol Control Policy. This policy directs on the consumption of alcohol and how…
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National HIV/AIDS Household Survey Begins

The Ministry of Health launched the Uganda Population based HIV Impact Assessment Survey (UPHIA) at the Ministry headquarters recently. The nationwide household survey will help in estimating HIV incidence, prevalence and viral load suppression among adults and children and provide accurate national and regional level data on the magnitude and dynamics of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the country and will be used in planning for the response to the epidemic. The information collected through UPHIA will benefit both the country and its citizens. This data will be utilized by stakeholders in the HIV/AIDS response to mobilize resources to support the…
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Church Of Latter day Saints Donates Wheelchairs To Ministry Of Health

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter ­day Saints based in United States of America donated 270 Wheelchairs worth 2 billion shillings to Ministry of Health. The Donation comes at a time when Ministry of Health is in the final planning stage for a massive assessment of the magnitude of people faced with physical disability resulting from accidents and the recent internal conflict in Northern Uganda. Records at the Ministry of Health headquarters show that Uganda has 1.5 million people with disabilities and majority of whom have physical disability. Zalwango Salama, a resident of Bwaise and Ronald Wisdom who stays…
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Role of Uganda National Disease Control

The National Disease Control Division is responsible for day to day programs aimed at control and management of diseases in the country. The program has 8 sub programs under its control. 1. Epidemiology and Surveillance 2. National TB and Leprosy Program : This program is responsible for development and implementation of Policy and Technical guidelines for HIV / NAIDS prevention and Control. The National TB & Leprosy Program has further does the following; Development of the National plan for TB and Leprosy control, provided general management of the TB and Leprosy control, coordinated TB and Leprosy control Programme activities, built…
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