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WHO sets new guidelines for testing, diagnosis STIs

Geneva, Switzerland | THE INDEPENDENT | The World Health Organization (WHO) has released its latest guidance on sexually transmitted infections (STI) warning that infections are on the rise globally.  The latest data shows that more than a million people are acquiring the infections each day. In a statement released on Tuesday, …

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Three cholera cases reported in Namayingo District

Namayingo, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Namayingo Health department has reported finding three cases of cholera in the district. According to the District Health Officer, Mathias Mageni, both the cholera patients and their probable close contacts are currently being managed at Bukana Health Center III in Bukana Sub County. Mangeni explains …

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Police forensic lab gets nod to enter DNA testing market

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT |  The government has approved the Uganda Police Force’s forensic laboratory for Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) testing, making it the third lab in the country to be authorized to conduct such examinations. This development comes amid a surge in demand for paternity testing, with men seeking …

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Mulago medical camp relieves people with knee problems

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Experts at Mulago Specialized Hospital have received dozens of aging patients who are stuck with a daily intake of painkillers due to pending knee replacement surgeries. Speaking during a news conference on the sidelines of a free surgical camp that ends on Friday, Dr. Alex …

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Pre-Medical Interns storm MOH headquarters over non-deployment

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Young doctors who have been waiting to be deployed for a year-long medical internship since April stormed the Ministry of Health headquarters in Kampala on Thursday, agitating for placement. Dr. Christine Nabutto, one of the pre-interns, expressed her frustration during the protest, stating that …

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Your morning cup of coffee

Is it really an energy boost or just a placebo? Kampala, Uganda | AGENCIES | Could your morning cup of coffee be a placebo when it comes to boosting alertness and performance? That may be the case, according to a new study that compared the effects of drinking coffee vs. consuming …

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UNESCO helps varsity students stay healthy

A survey shows 72% of students in higher education institutions are sexually active Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT |In Uganda, adolescent pregnancy is one of the main factors causing girls and young women to drop out of school, often putting an abrupt end to their education. The country currently has …

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