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Ministry of Health, MPs in row over pre-internship exams

VIDEO: A proposal by the Ministry of Health to have the Health Council introduce a pre-internship medical exam across the country has created a big debate. The move is, according to the Ministers of Health, aimed at improving the quality of medical graduates following concerns that some universities and institutions were producing substandard medics. …

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Health ministers explain introduction of Uganda internship entry exams

Minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng has told Uganda Parliament’s Health Committee that all measures taken recently in regard to interns allowances and eligibility to practice, were aimed at improving standards in the sector. Health minister Aceng stated that due to the increasing numbers of newly qualified medical personnel, lack of proper guidelines for training …

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WHO: Safe sex for 6 months after visting Zika-hit areas

Geneva, Switzerland | AFP | The World Health Organization on Tuesday toughened its advice on preventing the spread of Zika, saying anyone returning from areas hit by the virus should practise safe sex for six months afterwards. The updated guidelines mean the UN health body’s recommendations regarding sexual transmission are …

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What if more mothers are dying?

New report says government underestimates the true magnitude of maternal, child death in hospitals Sarah Nakaggwa had a clue on what happens when a woman is about to give birth. She was expecting her fifth child. So when she started to notice changes, she and her husband, Moses Mutongole, checked …

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Medical interns take protest to parliament

Medical interns Wednesday tried to take their protest about working conditions and study duration to Uganda’s parliament. The students who include medical doctors, pharmacists and nurses protested a government proposal to extend from one to three years the period they act as interns. They are also unhappy with the reduction in their …

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Yellow fever outbreak in region

The Ministry of Health has said Uganda is free of the yellow fever outbreak ravaging the region, writes Nicole Namubiru. Dr Anthony K. Mbonye, the director of Health Services at the Ministry of Health on Aug.16 told The Independent that no cases of the disease have been reported in the …

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Rise of antioxidant skin bleaches in Uganda

Side effects unknown as beauticians resort to using nutritional prescription supplements After years of hearing warnings against use of certain skin whitening products, some determined individual are increasingly seeking solutions among so-called “natural” skin whiteners writes Nicole Namubiru. But are these products any safer? Among the so-called natural bleachers are antioxidants. …

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Uganda gets 138 billion to fight malaria

The US has awarded $41.4 million (sh138 billion) to Uganda for malaria prevention and eradication. The non-profit organization Malaria Consortium got the sh138 billion contract last week from the US Mission In Uganda to oversee implementation of the Malaria Action Program for Districts Project, a flagship program to help eradicate malaria in …

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