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Will Artificial Intelligence disrupt health?

New technologies continue to be introduced into the sector and we should welcome them Intelligent machines are increasingly operating complex manufacturing systems and replacing humans on factory floors, but they have so far not made significant inroads in health care. The sector’s most advanced machines, from ultra-high-resolution imaging instruments to …

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Uganda detects bird flu in Entebbe, Masaka

Kampala, Uganda | AFP |  Uganda announced Sunday it had detected bird flu among migratory birds, without specifying whether it was the particularly virulent H5 strain detected this season in countries worldwide. The agriculture ministry said bird flu had been detected in two spots, one near Entebbe, on the banks …

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Medical council sets new consultation fees

Owing to increasing complaints of patients being overcharged at health facilities, the Uganda Medical and Dental Practitioners Council released a set of new guidelines streamlining average charges for particular health procedures. Dr Katumba Sentongo, the Council registrar said the report on Professional Fees Guidelines for Health Care Professionals in Uganda …

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Public alerted on red eye outbreak

Conjunctivitis an inflammation that causes the white of an eye to turn red had by Jan06 affected 798 people in different prisons in Gulu district, the Ministry of Health confirmed. Three days later, general alert was sent warning the entire population to be ware because the disease is highly contagious. …

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Health rights body sues Govt over blanket ban on sex education

Centre for Health, Human Rights and Development (CEHURD) has dragged government to the Kampala High Court, challenging the delay by the Ministry of Education and Sports to issue a policy on comprehensive sex education. There was a heated debate in Parliament in August  following a motion urging the Ministry of Education …

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US Congress approves first step for repealing Obamacare

Washington, United States | AFP |  The US House of Representatives on Friday joined the Senate in passing a critical measure that marks the first major step toward repealing outgoing President Barack Obama’s landmark but controversial health care reforms. The House’s party-line vote of 227 to 198 approved a budget …

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Slum health is not urban health

By Alex Ezeh, Blessing Mberu and Tilahun Haregu Why we must distinguish between the two We live in an urban century. Already more than 50% of the global population lives in urban areas. The United Nations estimates that by 2030 five billion of the world’s population of eight billion will …

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Growers ask court to categorise mirungi as vegetable, not narcotic

Wakiso District growers of khat, referred to locally as mairungi or Miraa, on Monday went to the Constitutional Court seeking orders de-categorizing the crop. They want it categorized as a vegetable, not a narcotic drugs. The farmers under their umbrella organization Wakiso Miraa Growers and Dealers Association Ltd want restraining orders …

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Iran official calls for sterilisation for sex workers

Tehran, Iran | AFP | Female sex workers and homeless drug addicts in Tehran should be “convinced” to undergo sterilisation to prevent social problems, a deputy provincial governor in the Iranian capital said on Sunday. “These women deal drugs, consume drugs and also work as sex workers,” Siavash Shahrivar told …

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