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COVID-19 impacts mental health

Dan Bukenya’s case shows how the many restrictions imposed lead to increased levels of stress, anxiety and depression | THE INDEPENDENT | Dan Bukenya felt beleaguered by anguish. He lost sleep most nights and was often testy. He tried to self-medicate to no avail. Only when he agreed to be …

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WHO: As COVID-19 rages, Polio bounces back

  Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) has launched a new strategy to eradicate polio amidst setbacks caused by immunization interruptions that came with COVID-19. In a statement released by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Saturday, the strategy set to be implemented between …

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Informal food markets

What makes the unsafe and what it takes to make them safer | THE INDEPENDENT | Around the world, food systems and supply chains come in different shapes and sizes. And so too do food safety problems and their solutions. In high-income countries, food supply chains are long and complex …

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UN says livestock-based diets key to tackling global malnutrition crisis

  Nairobi, Kenya | Xinhua | Sustainable consumption of livestock-based diets including meat, eggs, and milk should be prioritized in order to combat malnutrition affecting pregnant mothers and children in low-income countries, UN Nutrition said in a new report launched in Nairobi on Wednesday. Titled “Livestock-Derived Foods and Sustainable Healthy Diets,” …

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Uganda suspends mass COVID-19 vaccination

Due to shortage, remaining doses to be used for priority groups like health workers and the elderly  ✅ 748,676 vaccinated ✅ 964,000 doses received ✅ 475,000 doses expected Kampala, Uganda | XINHUA | Uganda has suspended mass vaccination against COVID-19 as the country waits to receive more vaccines from different sources, an official …

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Rift Valley Fever hits Kiruhura District

Mbarara, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | There is a confirmed outbreak of the Rift Valley Fever in Kiruhura district. The disease, an acute viral hemorrhagic fever that is most commonly seen in domesticated animals, has so far claimed four lives,  according to Kiruhura District Veterinary Officer Dr Grace Asiimwe. Although …

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