Items filtered by date: Saturday, 21 March 2020

Uganda Announces First Coronavirus Case, A 36-Year-Old Ugandan Male

Uganda’s minister for health Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng has announced at a press conference held late-night Saturday (Sunday morning) that a male traveller returning into the country tested positive for COVID-19 also known as Coronavirus.

The Ministry of Health would like to inform the general public that Uganda has confirmed her first case of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), Dr. Aceng said in a statement she read to members of the press.

“The confirmed case is a 36-year-old Ugandan male who arrived from Dubai today, Saturday 21st March 2020 aboard Ethiopian Airlines at 2:00 am. During the screening process at the airport, his temperature was 38.7.

This prompted the health teams to isolate him at the airport for further follow up. Subsequent temperatures taken at intervals of 30 minutes and one hour remained the same. He was evacuated to Entebbe Grade B Hospital for further follow up where a nasal swab was taken for analysis.

The confirmed case presented with high fever and poor appetite. He is not coughing neither did he have flu. However, the persistent fever prompted the health workers to isolate him.

His nasal swab samples were sent to the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) for analysis. Results from UVRI showed the sample is positive for COVID-19.

The confirmed case had travelled to Dubai on 17th of Mach, 2020 (four days ago) for business purposes. At the time of his travel, he was in good health. He is a resident of Kibuli, Kagunguulu zone, Kampala,” the minister read from the statement.

She revealed that ‘to date, a total of 1,827 travelers including Ugandans and others travelling back home have been identified as coming from high risk countries for purposes of follow up. About 827 are completing self-quarantine while about 1, 000 are under quarantine.

“The Ministry of Health reassures the general public that all measures were undertaken to identify this case at the airport and isolate him in a timely manner. The passenger manifest has been retrieved and all contacts are known as we are in possession of the passports of all the travelers that came on that plane.”

Earlier in the day, President Yoweri Museveni had issued an order to shut down Entebbe International Airport and all border entries. No passenger flights are now allowed to fly to land at Entebbe airport or take off. Like the airport, only cargo carriers are allowed to enter Uganda.

World Health Organization (WHO) in Uganda said they 'will do whatever it takes to continue to protect Ugandans from the disease,'. Please practice the guidelines issued by MoH and WHO to protect you and those around you, WHO said in a message to Ugandans.

 

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Victoria University VC Explains Importance Of Internet Of Things In Today’s Healthcare Management

Internet is a big driver of our social lives and has fast moved on from just enabling humans to seamlessly communicate amongst themselves to enabling professionals to acquire data that enables them to offer life-changing services.

The Internet has revolutionized how humans interact with other humans, and humans with computers and other machines; these interactions have led to the human race to find solutions a myriad of problems in all sectors that facilitate life.

And in this era of Internet of Things (IoT) the human race is faced with a pacy transformation of how life is lived and the general welfare in key sectors like health, education, military and industrialization. This is generally expected to improve life.

In the medical world, with the deployment of the Internet of Things, good things are happening. The IoT or the Internet of Medical things (IoMT) or Smart Healthcare as is known in the medical world is creating a digitized healthcare system, connecting available medical resources and healthcare services.

IoT makes healthcare service delivery effective

The Vice Chancellor of Victoria University Assoc. Prof. Krishna N. Sharma, also a renowned researcher and publisher, attests that IoT in healthcare is enabling interoperability, machine-to-machine communication, information exchange, and data movement that makes healthcare service delivery effective.

According to the Vice Chancellor, IoT applications in healthcare including telemedicine, medical management systems, clinical operation, inpatient monitoring, connected imaging and others are helping in clinical research, diagnostic laboratories and administering of medicine in hospital and clinics.

Assoc. Prof. Krishna N. Sharma, who recently as the Keynote speaker during the 2nd Annual Higher Education Conference at Hotel Africana Kampala was presenting a paper on the essence of health care management stated that the importance of internet of things in health care management is that it assists in monitoring the health of patients, prevention, diagnosing patients with illnesses as well as maintaining progress of the patient.

Need for the training of human resource

"The IoT is aimed at solving real-life health problems among citizens of Uganda and the world at large. The only way is to train human resource on how to use these devices so as to have proper health care management among different communities today.

This training will have a huge positive impact on society and health fraternity in terms of health care management. This training will have a huge positive impact on the society and health fraternity in terms of health care management.,” he said.  

The Vice Chancellor highlighted that it would be good to adopt Information & communications technologies (ICTs) that are continually viewed as having the potential to address several challenges in Africa including in the health sector.

The 2nd Annual Higher Education Conference that was organized by National Council for Higher Education was attended by the Vice Chancellors of Top Ugandan Universities, Ministry of Education and Sports Executives, Executives from National Council of Higher Education, Embassy delegates among others.

 

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