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Uganda’s emergency care needs life support

Uganda aims to create its first national emergency medical system. For now, the injured linger until help arrives — and hope it arrives in time. Global Press Journal | PATRICIA LINDRIO Senior Reporter | Around 1:40 a.m. on April 6, Richard Kabunga was walking home from a friend’s housewarming party when …

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How patients are harmed in hospitals

It starts when the safety of health workers is not a priority Kampala, Uganda | PATRICIA AKANKWATSA | The Center for Health, Human Rights and Development (CEHURD) says to ensure patient safety; priority should be placed on safety of health workers. Moses Mulumba, the executive director of CEHURD, says the …

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Archbishop Jonah Lwanga dies at 76

He spoke up on democracy, constitutionalism, and human rights Kampala, Uganda | RONALD MUSOKE | Since the death on Sept.05 of Archbishop Jonah Lwanga in Athens, Greece, the spiritual leader of more than 500,000 Ugandans who are Greek Orthodox Christian, tributes have been pouring in. “It is really sad and …

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Medics complain as COVID-19 allowances delay

Kitgum, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Medical workers in Kitgum District are unhappy over the delayed payment of their allowances as frontline workers in the fight against COVID-19. The government disbursed shillings 407 million to Kitgum District in July this year to facilitate emergency responses in the fight against COVID-19. …

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Luwero sees increase in TB treatment success rate

Luwero, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Luwero district has registered an increase in Tuberculosis Treatment and cure rates giving hope in the fight against deaths as result of the disease. According to the Luwero District health report, the number of patients who were enrolled on TB treatment increased from 65% …

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Health Ministry to introduce HPV vaccine at 5 years

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Ministry of Health is planning to reduce the age at which girls get the Human Papilloma Vaccines which protects against cervical cancer. At the moment, the vaccine is given to females aged nine years of age. However, the health ministry wants to start …

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Researchers studying new PrEP drug in HIV vaccine trial

Masaka, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Researchers are studying the effectiveness of a daily Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) drug Descovy in their HIV vaccine study that was launched recently in Masaka district. Dr Eugene Ruzagira, a member of the team of researchers told a news conference organized by the Health Journalists Network …

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Why TB goes undiagnosed

New research shows what must be done about it | THE INDEPENDENT | Early diagnosis is crucial for the effective management of any disease. In Africa, this is not always possible which affects the ability of countries to bring diseases under control. Wilber Sabiiti, a Senior Research Fellow in Medicine, …

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