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Mulago setting up 5th oxygen plant

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Mulago National Referral Hospital has received equipment to set up a fifth oxygen plant to help meet the demand of oxygen as COVID-19 cases in the country increase. The new plant will supplement the amount of oxygen produced by the already existing four plants. According to hospital …

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Over 300 initiated on TB preventive therapy in Gulu

Gulu, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Over 372 people in Gulu have been initiated on the Tuberculosis preventive therapy after getting in contact with TB patients. 158 out of these are children under five years of age while 214 were previously listed for the preventive therapy after getting in contact with …

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People in Africa not donating blood – WHO

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The rate at which people in Africa are donating blood has decreased according to the World Health Organization. Data from the UN health agency shows that blood donations in the region have fallen by 17 percent in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The drop …

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COVID-19 impacts mental health

Dan Bukenya’s case shows how the many restrictions imposed lead to increased levels of stress, anxiety and depression | THE INDEPENDENT | Dan Bukenya felt beleaguered by anguish. He lost sleep most nights and was often testy. He tried to self-medicate to no avail. Only when he agreed to be …

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WHO: As COVID-19 rages, Polio bounces back

  Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) has launched a new strategy to eradicate polio amidst setbacks caused by immunization interruptions that came with COVID-19. In a statement released by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Saturday, the strategy set to be implemented between …

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Informal food markets

What makes the unsafe and what it takes to make them safer | THE INDEPENDENT | Around the world, food systems and supply chains come in different shapes and sizes. And so too do food safety problems and their solutions. In high-income countries, food supply chains are long and complex …

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