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World Hepatitis Day: “One life, One liver”

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Every year, the world commemorates World Hepatitis Day on the 28th of July as part of the efforts to raise awareness about this lethal but preventable viral disease that affects the liver causing liver cancer. As Uganda joins the rest of the world to mark …

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Govt finally deploys medical interns, cuts allowances

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Ministry of Health has deployed medical interns to various training hospitals across the country, ending months of Ping-Pong between the interns and the government. In a notice released on Friday, Dr Henry Mwebesa the Director General of Health Services revealed that medical interns …

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UCU graduates first cohort of medicine, dentistry Programme

Mukono, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The first cohort of students in the Bachelor of Medicine and Dentistry Program has graduated from Uganda Christian University-UCU. At Friday’s ceremony, 45 students graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine and Surgery and nine students with a Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Surgery. They …

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Ministry of Health gets state-of-the-art mobile laboratory

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Ministry of Health has received a mobile laboratory worth sh700 million to strengthen surveillance of infectious diseases and healthcare systems along the borders. The lab which will be stationed at the Central Health Laboratories in Butabika National Referral Hospital in Kampala was donated …

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Setting up a bone marrow transplant facility

Experts discuss essential factors and challenges Kampala, Uganda | PATRICIA AKANKWATSA | Uganda Cancer Institute in collaboration with Magnus Medi and Aster Healthcare has been in talks about setting up a Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) facility at the institute to reduce the number of Ugandans who travel abroad for the procedure. …

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Fighting off mental aging

Can reading and similar activities help? Kampala, Uganda | AGENCIES | Millions of people around the world live with dementia, a chronic neurodegenerative condition that affects memory and thinking abilities. The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease. While some treatments do exist to help manage the symptoms of dementia, …

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Food taboos harm pregnant women

Researchers cite them as major cause of antenatal malnutrition Kampala, Uganda | AGENCIES | Food taboos are a set of proscriptions of certain foods or food combinations, and are prevalent for different reasons such as cultural, spiritual or ethical around the globe. A taboo against certain foods, such as dairy products, …

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