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High risk Mbale never got gov’t masks, even RDC wonders why

Kampala, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT | Government masks are yet to arrive in Mbale, despite the district being one of the Covid-19 hotspots in the country because of its proximity to neighboring Kenya. Residents in this district have faulted government for neglecting them given the fact that the region delivered the …

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Lira hospital gets blood bank

Lira, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT | Lira Regional Referral Hospital has got a blood bank.  The facility was set up by the Health Ministry in partnership with Star Pharmaceutical company. The blood bank comprises an Architect i2000 Elalyasar machine that will be used for screening, testing and analyzing blood.  The blood …

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99% using new HIV drug without knowing what they are taking

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | HIV activists are blaming government for not giving people living with HIV information regarding the new Anti-Retroviral Therapies (ARVs) yet the country has adopted a human rights approach as a key tool in their HIV response as recommended by the World Health Organisation. In a …

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FGM is between life and death- A survivor’s story

Amudat, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT | Tegla Chepolukuma was 13-years- old when her friends advised her to go for Female Genital cutting alias Female Genital Mutilation. She recalls how her peers kept counting the days to the D– day. “When that day reached I remember it was on Wednesday, my grandmother arrived …

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Outside cleric barred from accessing prisons due to COVID-19

Kampala, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT |Clerics from outside will not be allowed inside Uganda Prison facilities to celebrate mass with inmates this Christmas because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Uganda Prison Spokesperson,  Frank Baine has revealed. According to Baine, allowing religious gatherings will lead to people converging and increase the chances …

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Kakingol health staff share water with wild animals

Moroto, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT | Shortage of clean water at Kakingol health III in Moroto district has worsened. Currently, health workers are asking patients and expectant mothers to fetch water from the river bed for use at the health center before they are attended to. URN visited Kakingol health center …

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