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WHO warns of “mass trauma” caused by COVID-19 pandemic

Geneva, Switzerland  | THE INDEPENDENT |  World Health Organization (WHO) officials said on Friday that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused more “mass trauma” than World War II and warned of its lasting consequences. “The world has experienced mass trauma because World War Two affected many, many lives,” WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom …

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Empty wards don’t mean Uganda is COVID-19 free

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT |  The absence of COVID-19 patients receiving care at COVID-19 wards should not be taken as a sign that the country has won the COVID-19 fight. According to health experts, the reduction in COVID-19 cases is a sign that the country has completed its first wave …

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Masaka region registers no COVID-19 case in six days

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Coronavirus Disease (COVID19) treatment centre in Masaka has not registered any case of the deadly respiratory disease over the last six days, the first time this is happening since the beginning of the year. Dr Nathan Onyach, the Director of Masaka Regional Referral Hospital, explains …

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Alcohol drives over 160 people mad in Moroto

Moroto, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The health department in Moroto district in Karamoja sub region has called for assistance as it battles growing alcohol abuse in the district. Many people interviewed in the district, have related the problem to the amount of free available alcohol especially with those involved in …

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Make masks fit better

It can reduce coronavirus exposure by 96% | THE INDEPENDENT | By now, most people have gotten the message that wearing a face mask is one way to help stop the spread of COVID-19. But now health officials are taking the masking message a step further: Don’t just wear a …

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Gov’t needs more UGX 500b for COVID-19 vaccination

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT |  The government of Uganda has a funding shortfall of  515 billion Shillings to procure nine million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from the Serum Institute of India. A total of 21,952,000 million vaccines are expected to arrive in the country between this week and next …

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Rwanda receives COVID-19 vaccines through COVAX

Kigali, Rwanda | THE INDEPENDENT |  Rwanda on Wednesday morning received the first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines from COVAX in its capital, Kigali, the Ministry of Health said in a statement. The AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccines, which numbered 240,000 doses, will be followed by 102,960 doses of the Pfizer vaccines, also from the …

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