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MOH turns to community mental health as COVID-19 exposes crisis

Kampala, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT |   The Health Ministry plans to introduce a new strategy where health workers will offer mental health services at the community level similar to the model of Voluntary Health Teams-VHTs.  Apparently, mental health services are largely a preserve of regional referral and national referral hospitals.  …

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US gov’t to support 10 regional referral hospitals

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Ten regional referral hospitals are set to benefit from a five-year program funded by the United States government aimed at strengthening the coordination of HIV related activities in Uganda. They are Masaka, Arua, Fort Portal, Soroti, Jinja, Mbarara, Lira and Moroto, Kayunga and Bombo military …

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Cancer treatment could be replicated for COVID-19

Canberra, Australia | Xinhua | Australian researchers have found that beta-blockers with effectiveness for cancer could potentially be used to treat COVID-19. In a study published recently, researchers from the University of South Australia (UniSA) working with a team in Naples found evidence in animals that the beta-blocker Propranolol can …

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UAE gets COVID-19 vaccine

  Dubai, UAE | Xinhua |  The United Arab Emirates (UAE)’s Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on Tuesday received COVID-19 vaccine. Sheikh Mohammed said on Twitter that “while receiving the COVID-19 vaccine today, we wish everyone safety and great health, and …

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Busia residents demand more doses of oral cholera vaccine

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Busia municipality leaders are demanding for the provision of more doses of cholera vaccine to ensure that the entire population is vaccinated against the disease. The government-provided 60,840 doses of the oral cholera vaccine for the first round of vaccination which ended on Wednesday …

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Khat, marijuana most used drugs by Ugandan adolescents

Kampala, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT |   Khat and Marijuana have been listed as the drug of choice for many adolescent boys and young men, according to findings of a study by Makerere University School of Public Health. Khat is a flowering plant which contains a stimulant believed to cause excitement, …

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Kyambogo staff test for COVID-19

Kampala, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT |   One member of the Kyambogo University Staff has tested positive for COVID-19, barely two weeks after the university opened its doors for final year students.  According to Reuben Twinomujuni, the University Senior Public Relations Officer, the patient is now receiving treatment at Mulago National …

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