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Newborn screening program for sickle cell launched at Lira hospital

  Lira, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Ministry of Health has launched the Consortium on Newborn Screening in Africa-CONSA, a network that seeks to demonstrate the benefits of newborn screening and early interventions for children with sickle cell disease, for the Lango sub-region. CONSA will combine newborn screening and early intervention using …

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Midwives decry high fees for renewing licence

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT |  Midwives have decried the exorbitant fees they pay to renew their license.  All nurses and midwives working in Uganda must have a general license to practice and this has to be renewed every 3 years. The midwives note that renewing their practicing license requires them …

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Parliament approves amendment of NMS, NDA acts

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT |  Parliament has approved the amendment of the National Medical Stores-NMS and National Drug Authority-NDA acts.  This follows Parliament’s adoption of the Public Accounts Committee- PAC Central Government report on the findings of the Auditor-General on the Health Sector for the financial years 2016/2017 to 2019/2020.  In …

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Kampala gets COVID-19 vaccine outreach support from bloomberg philanthropies

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT |  Kampala has been named among the 18 cities in low- and middle-income countries that qualify for grants targeting COVID-19 vaccines preparedness.  The funding from the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Partnership for Healthy Cities initiative will see Uganda’s Capital city receive up to $50000 funding to support communication awareness needed for …

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COVID-19 infection up in young people-MOH

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | There is a signification of Covid-19 cases among young people between 10 and 29 years of age, the Ministry of Health has revealed. According to the Ministry, there is a 12 percent increase in the number of COVID-19 infection among people between 10-19 years and 5 …

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