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Ministry of health launches nationwide polio vaccination exercise

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda’s Minister of Health Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng on Wednesday launched a nationwide door-to-door polio vaccination exercise targeting 8.7 million children aged below five years in the country. This is the second vaccination exercise after the first was held in January this year.   Today,together …

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Why People Drink

Researchers look at genetics, peer pressure and coping mechanisms | THE INDEPENDENT | A new study suggests that there may be a genetic basis to drinking motives that links them to alcohol consumption and alcohol use disorder. Alcohol use disorder (AUD) refers to drinking of alcohol that causes mental and …

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Danger in hair straightener use

Experts find it doubles risk of uterine cancer | THE INDEPENDENT | A new study from the National Institutes of Health has found that women who use hair straightening products are twice as likely to develop uterine cancer as those who do not. Researchers believe Black women may be at …

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Ministry of health to carryout second mass polio vaccination

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Ministry of Health will next month conduct a second polio immunization campaign across the country targeting an estimated 8 million children below five years of age. The first national immunization campaign, carried out in January was recommended by the Ministry after a polio variant …

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Uganda eliminates sleeping sickness as public health problem: MOH

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Ministry of Health on Friday said the country has eliminated sleeping sickness as a public health problem. The ministry in a tweet attributed the success to intense surveillance, tsetse fly control, and individual case management.   #Uganda has successfully eliminated Gambiense Sleeping Sickness as …

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How safe is it to drink rainwater?

`Forever chemicals’ are a threat to its use for domestic purposes | IAN COUSINS | In many parts of the world, including Africa, people rely on rainwater as a source of drinking water, as well as for other household and livelihood uses. One of the reasons is water scarcity – …

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Mubende traders stranded, appeal over rotting merchandise

Mubende, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT |  Roadside traders on the Mubende highway are stranded with food stuff following the government instituted lockdown to curb the spread of the Ebola virus disease. In a Saturday evening televised address, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni issued directives restricting movements in and out of the …

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