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Drug-resistant TB

A new study offers new hope | Andrew Nunn and I.D. Rusen | Tuberculosis (TB) is the leading cause of death in the world from a single infectious disease, causing more deaths than HIV/AIDS. In 2017, 10 million people developed TB disease globally and an estimated 1.6 million died. One …

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Govt to screen all pregnant women for Viral Hepatitis B and C

Uganda hosts Inaugural African Hepatitis Summit | To start producing first line drugs recommended for treating Hepatitis B. Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda will start testing all pregnant women and also produce first line drugs in its effort to eliminate Viral Hepatitis. This was revealed at the opening of …

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NDA clears use of Ebola vaccines in Uganda

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The National Drug Authority and National Council for Science and Technology have finally approved the use of experimental Ebola treatment drugs in the country. Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng, announced on Twitter that they got clearance from both Uganda National Council for Science and Technology …

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National body roots for clean cooking technologies

Kampala, Uganda | Julius Businge | The Uganda National Alliance on clean cooking (UNACC) is calling on members of the public involved in the sector to use clean cooking methods so as to reduce emissions that are disastrous to the environment. UNACC is an umbrella organisation involved in activities of clean fuels …

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African countries falling short on Hepatitis elimination

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | A number of African countries are falling short on their commitment to eliminate Hepatitis, according to a scorecard examining the prevalence and response of African countries towards eliminating the disease. The scorecard that will officially be released during the first African summit on Hepatitis …

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EBOLA: Kenya reassures public after false alarm

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP |  Kenya sought to reassure the public and foreign visitors on Monday after a suspected Ebola case, which turned out to be negative, was detected near the border with Uganda. Uganda last week reported three cases of Ebola, two of them fatal, among people who had …

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WHO chief meets Museveni, reassured on Ebola control

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT |  President Yoweri Museveni has met World Health Organization (WHO) Director General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus who is in the country to assess the response to the current Ebola outbreak in Kasese District, Western Uganda. The WHO chief hailed Uganda’s response to the outbreak, saying that “we …

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EBOLA: High risk suspect vanishes

Kasese, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | A man believed to be a high risk Ebola suspect is still missing, according to the World Health Organisation-WHO. The suspect is believed to have had contact with the three confirmed cases confirmed Ebola cases from the same family. Officials are not sure whether he returned …

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