Category «Health»

Government asked to support palliative care training

By Shamim Nateebwa The Ministry of Health is asked to consider stepping in to offer scholarships to students who cannot meet the cost of palliative care courses, or at least to subsidize the fees as is done in public training institutions. The call is made by Dr.Anne Merriman, the Founder of Hospice Africa, who says government should ensure that all the  three academic programmes run at the Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care in Africa are included in the ministry of public service scheme of services to give graduates a channel for promotion or career progression in public service. She adds that to date the IHPCA has trained more than 160 palliative care practitioners in prescribing liquid morphine. While palliative …

Ministry of health airlifts measles vaccines

By Ritah Kemigisa & Cissy Makumbi The ministry of health has airlifted vaccines for Measles–Rubella and polio immunization to districts that have experienced stock outs. The ministry’s spokesperson Emmanuel Ainebyona says the vaccines have been delivered in the districts of Masaka, Mbarara, Gulu, kabarole and Kiryadango where large numbers of persons seeking for immunization were registered. This comes as the five-day mass immunization campaign of children below 15 years comes to an end today. The campaign to immunize 18 million children against measles and rubella, which amounts to 43% of the country’s population started on Wednesday. The first three days of immunization were carried out in school while the last two days have been in communities. The ministry has asked …

5 arrested for “sabotaging” measles immunisation

  By Benjamin Jumbe & Damali Mukhaye At least five people in Kamuli District have been arrested by police for allegedly hiding their children from the ongoing nation wide measles-rubella immunisation campaign. The District Health Officer, Moses Lyagoba says they visited one school in Bugulumbya village with an enrollment of over 100 pupils but were shocked to find there was no one. He says they then resorted to a door-to-door method but to their dismay, some parents had hidden their children under the bed. Lyagoba says other children had reportedly been sent away from their homes until the exercise is done. Meanwhile, the Uganda Paediatric Association has joined the ministry of health to re-assure the public about the safety of …

Indian doctor gets HTP award from Uganda

By Simon Naulele Dr. Vivek Jawali, Chairman Cardiac science at Fortis Hospitals Bangalore, India has been presented with Heal The Planet Global Organization Top Prestigious (HTP) Award from Uganda. The award presented at the sidelines of the United Nations Convention to combat desertification, land degradation and drought at India Expo Centre and Mart that began on 29th August ending13th September 2019 is in recognition for Dr. Jawali’s extraordinary contribution in the health industry. Dr. Vivek Jawali according to the statement from HTP has successfully been responsible for operating many senior citizens of Uganda for high risk heart surgeries. He has also deeply touched the lives of over 30,000 people including many celebrities and doctors who have been operated by him. …

Use of contraceptives increases among Ugandan couples

By Damali Mukhaye. The ministry of health has reported an increase in the use family planning services during the financial year 2018/2019. According to the health sector review report approved by Minister Dr. Jane Aceng, there was a 27% increase in the couple’s use of contraceptives across the country. It further reveals that emergency contraceptives were the most used by the couples followed by female condoms, intrauterine device, injectables and male condoms among others. Vasectomy was the least used form of contraceptives among couples across the country. The report also notes that Antenatal care coverage for the recommended four visits by world health organization also increased by 11% last year to 42% respectively. The visits were highest in the districts …