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Caretakers of sicklers decry high price of hydroxyurea

Gulu, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT  | Caretakers of sickle cell anemia patients in Gulu district have decried what they call the prohibitive price of hydroxyurea, a drug believed to greatly reduce painful episodes in people with sickle cell. Sickle cell is an inherited blood disorder that causes red blood cells to form …

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COVID-19 vaccination voluntary-MOH

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT  | COVID-19 vaccination will be voluntary when vaccination starts in the country, according to the Ministry of Health. The Health Minister. Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng disclosed this at a media briefing on Tuesday evening. According to the Health Ministry, the first batch of the COVID-19 vaccine …

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COVAX signs world’s first no-fault compensation programme for COVID-19 vaccines

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT  |  The World Health Organization (WHO) and global insurance company Chubb Limited have signed an agreement for the administration of a no-fault compensation programme for countries that are accessing the COVID-19 vaccine through the COVAX facility.  The compensation programme which is the first globally to cushion …

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Heaps of garbage build up at Kasenyi landing site

Wakiso, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT  |  Heaps of garbage have built up at Kasenyi landing site in Katabi Town Council in Entebbe Municipality in Wakiso district to an extent of spreading to residents homes. “We want this garbage removed. We wrote to Kasenyi landing site and its management seven times in …

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FGM ruined my dream of becoming a pilot -Pokot Girl

Pokot , Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT  |  Jane Cherop had a dream of becoming a pilot. However, forcing her to under Female Genital Mutilation-FGM, a practice that is common among the Pokot in Amudat district ruined her dream. “… I did not want anything that would make me bleed wasting my …

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Community health insurance scheme fails to register targeted clients

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT  |  Save for Health Uganda [SHU], a local Non-Governmental Organization [NGO] that is promoting community health insurance schemes has failed to register its targeted number of clients in the Greater Luweero region due to lack of sufficient and reliable transport means. Save for Health Uganda introduced …

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COVID-19: WHO puts pressure on Magufuli’s Tanzania

Geneva, Switzerland | THE INDEPENDENT | World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has reached out to COVID-19 skeptic, Tanzania’s President John Magufuli, promising to support the country’s health system. “COVID-19 is a serious disease that can cause severe illness and even death. National authorities everywhere must do all they can …

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TIME 2020 TOP 100: Chinese scientist Tu Youyou

Beijing, China | PD CHINA |  Tu Youyou, an outstanding Chinese scientist who has made great strides with the development of a key anti-malarial drug artemisinin, was in 2020 elected as one of the 100 Women of the Year by Time magazine. Having devoted more than 40 years of her life to …

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