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Experts attribute polio resurgence to missed immunization

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The resurgence of polio in Uganda is an indication that children have not been fully vaccinated. Dr Annet Kisakye, the immunization focal person at the World Health Organization Uganda office says that while the Ministry of Health is attributing the outbreak to cross border movement …

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Used smartphones to test for malaria

Bioengineers test new tools in Apac and Mayuge | THE INDEPENDENT | Malaria is one of the world’s leading causes of illness and death. According to World health Organisation statistics of April 2021, around 229 million people are infected each year and more than 400,000 of them die. Uganda has …

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Ministry of health declares polio public health emergency

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Ministry of Health has declared polio a public health emergency after registering two positive cases from Bugolobi and Lubigi sentinel environmental surveillance sites. The new cases come just a year after the World Health Organization-WHO declared Uganda and the entire Africa wild polio free in …

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Busia gets all purpose ambulance

Busia, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Masafu general hospital in Busia district has received an ambulance with a high dependency medical equipment. The sh110 million shillings fully equipped ambulance has medical equipment like Oxygen supplying system, defibrillator for patients with heart problems, patient monitoring system, patients’ bed, first aid kits …

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NDA rounds up illegal drug dealers in eastern Uganda

Jinja, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The National Drug Authority (NDA) has arrested and charged two people for allegedly Impersonating as NDA staff and three for dealing in illegal sell and smuggling of drugs. Officials of NDA also impounded assorted drugs worth shillings 130 million from private pharmacies and clinics in …

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Anesthesiologists to train health workers in critical care services

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Uganda Anesthesiologists Association is to train health workers in critical care services. The association will train health workers in regional referral hospitals that include Lira, Jinja and Fort Portal. According to Dr Joseph Kiwanuka, the President of the Uganda Anesthesiologists Association, the specialists will …

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How to end the pandemic

  No single approach will ever be enough | WILLIAM A. HASELTINE | The United States has now entered its fifth wave of COVID-19 infections. In each one, the country has paid a high price for doing far less than it could. In the first wave, lockdowns and other restrictions …

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COVID-19 pushes self-medication up

Doctors warn practice can result in improper treatment or cause new illness Kampala, Uganda | PATRICIA AKANKWATSA | More Ugandans are treating themselves without first seeking medical adviceas the COVID-19 pandemic rages. The Council of Pharmaceutical Society of Uganda made the revelation in a recent statement. “With the surge of …

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