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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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Sick throng Indian capital’s new, high-tech clinics

New Delhi, India | AFP | For asthma sufferer Mohan Lal, regular visits to the Indian capital’s hospitals were a nightmare of waiting in endless queues in sweltering corridors that swarm with mosquitoes. But a spotless and air-conditioned clinic boasting innovative diagnostic technology and sharply-dressed doctors has just opened in …

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Anne Merriman Hospice Africa Foundation launched in Kampala

International Foundation launched to provide care for the sick and dying in Africa The doctor who pioneered palliative care in Uganda Anne Merriman believes a good death is one of the most basic of human rights. “Every human being on the planet no matter their colour, creed or social background should expect a …

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Hepatitis: Ignored killer

Patients go without drugs as billions are spent on vaccines World Hepatitis Day was marked on July 28 under the theme, `Know hepatitis Act now’. It was designed to focus this year’s activities on increasing global awareness and strengthening prevention, diagnosis, and treatment services around the world. The increased focus …

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