MP Prosy Akampurira launches a Health camp in Rubanda district.

The Rubanda District Woman Member of Parliament, Hon Prosy Akampurira Begumisa in partnership with the office of the district health officer, have organized a 6 days Health camp in the district, aimed at providing free health services to the people. The camp, which is running under the theme “Test your health, and get a treatment”, will see patients receive serves including cervical and breast cancer screenings, pressure testing, HIV testing and counseling and family planning among others. The Health camp, which will be rotating in all the sub counties in…

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Number of Ugandans referred abroad for treatment drastically reduces.

The number of Ugandans referred abroad for treatment has drastically reduced over the last two years, according to records by the Ministry of Health. The records indicate that the number reduced from 58 patients in the financial year 2016/2017 to 36 in the year 2017/2018. The reduction is attributed to the ability of Ugandan facilities and medics, to handle medical conditions and procedures that were previously referred. The most common conditions considered for referral include neurological diseases, kidney diseases, and cancer-related illnesses. Orthopedics and heart conditions are today the least…

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Residents in DRC reject Ebola claim, attack health workers

Health workers tackling an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, have been severely injured after being attacked by angry residents, who believe the virus is not real. More than 100 people, have died since the start of the outbreak in the east of the country two months ago. Four local health workers from the Red Cross, were attacked this week, in the city of Butembo, as they were transporting dead bodies for burial. Residents started throwing rocks at their car and two of the health workers were severely…

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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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