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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WATCH: Coca-Cola admits presence of plastic in Dasani

Soft drinks giant Coca-Cola has admitted to the presence of micro-plastics in Dasani water following a study released on Thursday that shows the brand is among 93 per cent of world’s famous bottled water products contaminated by tiny pieces of plastic. The concentration of microplastics in Dasani water sourced in Kenya topped 335 plastic pieces for every litre. Samples of Dasani water bought from Amazon had a minimum and maximum concentration of 85 and 303 plastic pieces per litre, respectively. The survey by scientists based at the State University of…

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USAID donates 37,500 in Ibanda

Ibanda district health department yesterday received 37,500 pieces of condoms in form of a donation from United States Agency for International Development -USAID Rhites, a Non-government organization operating in South Western Uganda, as a way of fighting against the spread of sexual transmitted infections. According to the District Director of Health Services, Vicent Mugisha condoms will be mainly distributed in hotspots of Ibanda municipality, Igorora, Ishongororo and Rwenkoobwa town councils. Mugisha also says that the donation has come at a time when the district was battling a stock out, thus…

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