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Makerere university launches COVID-19 anti-body test kits

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT |  Makerere University has launched a COVID-19 Anti-body test kit. The School of Public Health has been working on the testing kit since last year after the outbreak of COVID-19.  The self-test kits according to experts are affordable, fast and favourable for mass testing. They will …

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Adverts by traditional “doctors” flood Gulu streets

Gulu, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT |  Medical personnel in Gulu district are concerned about several traditional healers who are advertising their ability to heal various ailments along the roadside installations. Adverts by traditional healers, many of whom refer to themselves as doctors are pinned on electric poles, and billboard stands and …

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Expert warns of health risk at barber shop

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT |  Jessy Lukwago, a university student wears a Mohawk hairstyle, a trendy style where more hair is left at the center of the head with shorter ones on the sides.   Every month he dashes to a salon to trim his fair and maintain his favourite hairstyle.  …

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Reformed FGM surgeons cry out for help

Amudat, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT |  A group of former Karimojong women surgeons in Amudat and Moroto districts have cried out to the government demanding income-generating projects. Some of the reformed Female Genital Mutilation-FGM surgeons said life is becoming harder, unlike those days when they used to perform the practice. Grace …

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Dealing with brittle bone disease, a patients ordeal

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT |  36-year-old Asher Namatovu suddenly gets her bones broken with every small fall, hit or even when she misses a step.  She got her first fracture at the age of six and has had countless fractures ever since. The latest was her hardest hit episode when …

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