Category «Health»

500,000 Mayuge residents to be treated for bilharzia, shs1b to be spent

BY Philip Wafula Over 500,000 residents of Mayuge are receiving mass drug administration of Praziquantel and Albendazole to fight bilharzia and intestinal worms respectively under a three-year project, which is funded through Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA). This project aims at raising awareness about NTDs. The exercise, that started on Tuesday across 512 villages, 13 Sub-counties and is being overseen in 42 health centres by about 1,074 village health teams [VHTs], will end on Thursday, while Friday has been gazetted for reporting. According to Mr. Moses Arinaitwe, the programme officer, Bilharzia and Worm Control Programme in the Ministry of Health,  Mayuge was selected because it has one of the highest prevalence rates of bilharzia and soil transmitted helminths . “Bilharzia is …

Unknown thugs invade Kagadi hospital, steal 10 computers

By Alex Tumuhimbise Police in Kagadi District are investigating the circumstances under which unidentified thugs invaded Kagadi District general hospital and took off with several computers and other electronic gadgets. Kagadi hospital administrator Simon Peter Tumusiime, says the hospital’s 10 computers, a projector, two power backups and laboratory equipment were stolen. He adds that they are conducting investigations to establish if other properties are missing. The Officer in Charge Kagadi Central Police Station Hadali Kosayi says they have arrested three suspects in connection with the said robbery after thieves also stormed African Rural University in Kagadi town council and made off with several valuables.  

More women, girls using contraceptives in Uganda- FP2020 report

By Ritah Kemigisa A ground-breaking report on family planning in the world’s 69 lowest-income countries has shown that more women and girls have access to family planning now than ever before. It reveals that 314 million women and girls are now using modern contraception, with 53 million additional users in the last seven years, and 9 million in the past year alone. According to Family Planning 2020’s Progress Report 2019-2020, in Uganda, over 3 million women are using a modern method of contraception today, almost double the number of users since 2012. Launched on the side-lines of the International Conference on Population and Development in Nairobi, FP2020’s latest report is part of the 25-year arc of progress that has lifted …

Mbale blood bank receives modern refrigerator

By Prossy Kisakye Mbale Regional blood bank has received a new advanced blood storage refrigerator. The facility was donated by telecom company MTN Uganda to improve blood storage capacity which has been a challenge at the regional blood bank especially during peak blood collection periods. Mbale regional blood bank collects over 3,000 units of blood every month, against a storage capacity of 1,800 units. The multi-million refrigeration facility was delivered to the facility by the company’s regional business manager, Mr. Isaiah Semamuli.  

Rotary rejuvenates campaign to end polio

By Prossy Kisakye KAMPALA: As the country commemorates the World Polio Day today, the rotary fraternity in Uganda has organized a series of activities aimed at soliciting funds to eradicate polio. Speaking to KFM Kenneth Mugisha, the Assistant Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator, says as one of the fundraising activities the District Governor Francis Xavier Sentamu, is leading a team in climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro peak with each participants paying 1000 US dollars that will go to the rotary foundation. The Mt Kilimanjaro climb started on October 21 at Marangu Gate (1600m) through the rain forest to Madara Hut (2715m). Mr. Mugisha says rotary has over the years worked with various partners including the World Health Organisation and health ministries and their …