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Health ministry embarks on mass treatment of trachoma

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Ministry of Health will on Friday start a week-long mass treatment drive against trachoma in areas that have persistently recorded cases despite the disease being largely defeated in many parts of the country. Odiirah Nansamba, a public relations officer in the ministry says that …

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Scream therapy

The mental health benefits of horror movies | THE INDEPENDENT | Monsters under the bed, zombies rising from the grave, and chainsaw-wielding maniacs aren’t exactly the first things that come to mind when one is trying to conjure soothing images. Yet, for many horror movie aficionados, part of the draw …

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Mental health crisis

New report shows that investment in mental health is still lacking Kampala, Uganda | PATRICIA AKANKWATSA | Uganda spends 9.8% of its GDP on healthcare and only 1% of that is spent on mental healthcare. Dr. Juliet Nakku, the Executive Director of Butabika National Referral Hospital, says that the current …

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Uganda receives 10 million doses of polio vaccine

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda has received 10,997,500 doses of the novel oral polio vaccine targeting type 2 poliovirus. While receiving the vaccines on Tuesday, the State Minister for Primary Healthcare, Margaret Muhanga noted that the government intends to roll out the mass polio vaccination because of outbreaks in …

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Kotido district registers 18% teenage maternal deaths

Kotido registered 37 maternal deaths from 20 September 2020 to 21 September 2021 Kotido, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Kotido district has recorded the highest number of maternal deaths in Karamoja sub region for the last one year. The deaths have worried local leaders who are calling on the health workers …

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China’s first domestic HPV vaccine earns WHO prequalification

Xiamen, China | Xinhua | China’s first self-developed HPV vaccine Cecolin has gained prequalification from the World Health Organization (WHO), its developer said. The move indicates that the WHO has given the vaccine its stamp of approval in safety and efficacy, and United Nations procuring agencies may now source it, according …

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