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Hepatitis B

By Flavia Nassaka Doctors say is ten times more deadly than HIV Kenneth Kabagambe, a university graduate, only got to learn about hepatitis B, when a colleague succumbed to the infection.  “The way he was buried scared me. They didn’t allow anybody to get close to the body just as …

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New guidelines for HIV treatment

By Flavia Nassaka Health sector experts say they pose new challenges The new World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines, including requiring that Antiretroviral (ARV) drugs  are provided immediately a patient is diagnosedto be HIV positive, could be difficult to implement, according to health sector experts. Previous WHO guidelines required doctors to …

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Health insurance

By Flavia Nassaka Window dressing without real substance On May 14, Davis Mujimu Majwega was diagnosed with a type of blood cancer called Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL).  A few weeks later, the 18 year old was started on treatment.  Since he is insured, his first medical expenses were taken care …

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Know your rights as a patient

By Flavia Nassaka Ask questions and demand answers from your doctor Robinah Kaitiritimba, the Executive Director of Uganda National Health Consumers’ Organisation (UNHCO) is helping those whose rights have allegedly been violated seek justice but she is faced with a tough situation – gathering proof.   Earlier in the year, the …

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Insurance body cracks whip

By Isaac Khisa Insurers warn on IRA-U’s new guidelines on health insurance Uganda’s move to introduce new guidelines in the medical segment of the insurance industry are likely to hurt the growth of Health Membership Organizations, as the country moves to streamline their operations. The new guidelines, which came into …

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Elephants return

By Flavia Nassaka Uganda’s elephant numbers increase but conservationists remain wary of poachers Globally, elephants are under threat with the increase in demand for ivory. With estimates showing about 96 elephants being killed every day, global figures indicate that their number has decreased by 62% over the last decade. The …

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