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Health minister Opendi to brief parliament on Congo Fever threat

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | State Minister of Health Sarah Opendi has refuted reports that the Crimean haemorrhagic fever, also known as ‘Congo fever’, is ravaging Nakaseke district. She will on Thursday afternoon give a detailed report to parliament. The Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah instructed the Ministry of …

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Internet-based testing for STIs doubles uptake

  First UK study to compare effect of access to internet-based STI testing against face-to-face appointments TECHNOLOGY-HEALTH | AGENCIES | Providing Internet-based testing for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) could increase the number of people being tested for syphilis, HIV, chlamydia and gonorrhoea, including among high-risk groups, according to a new …

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More arrested in swoop on Kampala butcheries

Six butchers remanded over treating meat with chemical suspected to be formalin, a preservative for dead bodies. Kampala, Uganda | GODFREY SSALI | Six people were Friday remanded to Luzira Prison over allegations of spraying meat and fish with harmful preservative chemicals. The six appeared before Kampala City Hall Court …

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Several arrested as KCCA raids Kampala butcheries

  Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Several butchers were arrested Thursday as Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) and  Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) conducted a joint operation on butcheries across the city. One Joseph Kayondo and Ssekabila were arrested after Public Health Inspectors found a concoction of chemicals being …

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Mouse study shows how alcohol may cause cancer

  Paris, France | AFP |  Alcohol damages the DNA of stem cells responsible for producing new blood, according to a mouse study which may explain the link between drinking and cancer, scientists said on Wednesday. Health watchdogs have long warned that alcohol consumption contributes to seven types of cancer …

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Treatment against blindness to sell for $850,000 in US

  New York, United States | AFP |  Luxturna, a medication against hereditary degeneration of the retina that can lead to total blindness, will be sold for $850,000 in the United States, making it one of the world’s most expensive medical treatments. It is administered in a single dose, according …

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