Pregnant mothers demand fencing of the maternity ward for privacy

Pregnant mothers, who deliver at Rubaya Health Centre IV in Lyakarimira Town Council of Kabale district, want authorities at the health centre to fence the maternity ward to provide privacy for expectant mothers. The women, who include, Enid Nabaasa and Enid Andindire, raised the concern yesterday, while speaking during a community dialogue that was organized by Advocacy for Better Health at Kibuga Church of Uganda in Kabale district. Advocacy for Better Health is a United States Agency for International Development five-year, project aimed at improving the availability, accessibility, and quality…

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Water shortage affects Kabale Municipality Health Centre II

Kabale Municipality Health Centre II is struggling to cope up with a water crisis, after it was disconnected by National Water and Sewerage Corporation, over accumulated bills amounting to over one million shillings. According to the health workers, the health centre was disconnected two months ago for failing to clear outstanding bills from January this year. They claim that they informed the municipality authorities about the matter but nothing has been done. A health worker who preferred anonymity told our reporter that they currently spend 500shillings on a jerrican of…

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HIV infection upswings in about 50 countries

A new global report says HIV infections are rising in about 50 countries. The report, launched today by UNAids, says half of the people who are newly infected with the virus are not receiving the treatment they need to prolong their lives. Nearly 37 million people across the world are living with the virus that causes Aids. The syndrome kills about one million people each year. UNAids is warning that progress towards controlling the spread of HIV is slowing globally. However, the region worst hit by the infection – East…

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CSOs, Citizens in Kabale not happy with underfunding in Health Budgets

Civil Society Organizations and a cross section of citizens in Kabale District have expressed concern over government’s regular underfunding of the health sector in national budgets, which has hindered service delivery in the crucial sector. The Civil Societies and citizens expressed their concern yesterday, through the Chairman Kabale District Health Advocacy Working Group-an association of 20 civil societies advocating for better health services, Johnson Andiinda, during the Citizens’ Dialogue on Health Worker Migration and Family Planning Commodities Financing, held at Kirigime Guest House in Kabale Municipality. The meeting was also…

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Only 40 Cuban doctors ready for Uganda jobs, says minister

The Ministry of Health has said it is waiting for Cabinet approval to import 40 specialised doctors from Cuba out of the initial 200 expected. The new arrivals will be sent to rural parts of the country that Ugandan doctors allegedly shun. In an interview yesterday, Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng said the importation of the doctors is a collaboration between Uganda and Cuba and that the arrangement has been misrepresented and blown out of proportion. Uganda, , she said, is in urgent need of specialists to handle patients who present…

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Cholera outbreak in Amudat District claims two lives

Cholera outbreak in Amudat District in Karamoja sub region, north eastern Uganda has so far claimed two lives while 48 are currently receiving treatment at Amudat health center IV. According to the Amudat District Chairperson, Francis Kiyonga, the disease has affected the whole Sub County of Loro after it broke out in one of the villages. He attributes the disease outbreak to lack of access to clean water, adding that the locals had started sharing water with animals from the flowing rivers. The Amudat District Health Inspector, Simon Elimu says…

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9 out of 10 people breathe polluted air-WHO

GENEVA: 9 out of 10 people worldwide breathe polluted air, but more countries are taking action, according to a press release on Wednesday 02 May, by World Health Organization. Full release Air pollution levels remain dangerously high in many parts of the world. New data from WHO shows that 9 out of 10 people breathe air containing high levels of pollutants. Updated estimations reveal an alarming death toll of 7 million people every year caused by ambient (outdoor) and household air pollution. “Air pollution threatens us all, but the poorest…

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Arua’s suspected Ebola case tests negative

ARUA: The blood samples from a 10 year-old boy who died of a Haemorrhagic fever that presented signs of Ebola has been confirmed negative. The suspected outbreak had caused panic at Arua Regional Referral hospital on Wednesday, April 25 after the boy, who was admitted from neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), died after presenting Ebola-like symptoms of high fever and vomiting blood. The Acting Director for Arua Regional Referral hospital, Dr Gilbert Aniku, said that there should be no anxiety about the health condition. “He was referred here from…

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Traders in Mwanjari market to demonstrate over poor sanitation in the market

Traders in Mwanjari market in Southern Division in Kabale Municipality have threatened to stage a peaceful demonstration, over the poor sanitation in the market. The market that happens on Mondays and Fridays every week attracts over 200 traders, who deal in a variety of merchandise like clothes and shoes among others. The traders, who include, Benon Ayebare, Irene Basheka, Betty Kemigisha, and George Girobusingye among others, told our reporter yesterday that the division authorities have failed to empty the toilet, something that has compromised sanitation in the market. They said…

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Over 300 people get free dental medical treatment in Kabale

Over 300 people from Kyanamira sub county Kabale district have been diagnosed and given free dental treatment at a free medical camp that is ongoing at Nyabushabi primary school, Kabale district. The three day medical camp that will end today was organized by former Ndorwa East Member of Parliament aspirant, Grace Ankunda Bekunda, in collaboration with Kids of Africa, an orphanage organization operating from Entebbe and Devine Dental Clinic in Ntinda Kampala. The services offered included, dental examination and cleanings, digital x-rays, porcelain veneers, crowns, fillings, teeth whitening, gum treatment,…

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