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UGX 50 million abattoir lies idle in Omoro town council

Omoro, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Butchers in Omoro Town Council have rejected an abattoir over the appalling state of the facility. In 2018, the Town Council allocated 50 Million Shillings and constructed a modern slaughterhouse at Opit Central Ward and later officially handed it over to the butchers in December, …

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Former cattle rustler excels in fruit growing

Napak, Uganda | Julius Businge | John Baptist Angolere 48, abandoned cattle rustling after surviving death eight times during cattle raids. The father of seven has now settled down in Auriki Akinei village in Iriiri Sub County in Napak district where he has excelled as a fruit farmer. He is involved in growing mangoes, …

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Three vaccine assumptions for 2021

Realistic assumptions for policymakers to build into their vaccination planning | SWEE KHENG KHOR | Vaccinating the world against COVID-19 is one of mankind’s most critical non-wartime efforts ever. Many countries have developed ambitious, politically sensitive, and carefully sequenced vaccination plans, but executing them successfully will be a challenge. To …

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WHO warns of “mass trauma” caused by COVID-19 pandemic

Geneva, Switzerland  | THE INDEPENDENT |  World Health Organization (WHO) officials said on Friday that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused more “mass trauma” than World War II and warned of its lasting consequences. “The world has experienced mass trauma because World War Two affected many, many lives,” WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom …

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Empty wards don’t mean Uganda is COVID-19 free

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT |  The absence of COVID-19 patients receiving care at COVID-19 wards should not be taken as a sign that the country has won the COVID-19 fight. According to health experts, the reduction in COVID-19 cases is a sign that the country has completed its first wave …

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Masaka region registers no COVID-19 case in six days

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Coronavirus Disease (COVID19) treatment centre in Masaka has not registered any case of the deadly respiratory disease over the last six days, the first time this is happening since the beginning of the year. Dr Nathan Onyach, the Director of Masaka Regional Referral Hospital, explains …

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