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Mulago sued over “missing baby”

Mulago National Referral Hospital is again in the spotlight, after being dragged to the High Court by a mother who claims that her baby went missing in the hands of Mulago staff on December 26,2015. Fatuma Nakayima and Centre for Health, Human Rights and Development (CEHURD) have sued the Executive Director …

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Canada to ban asbestos by 2018

Ottawa, Canada | AFP | Once the world’s top producer of asbestos, Canada said Thursday it will ban the heat-resistant fibrous mineral that is woven into building and other materials but which has been found to cause cancer. In a statement, government ministers of health, science and the environment said …

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Lack of funds threatens malaria progress

London, United Kingdom | AFP | Global progress on controlling malaria risks stalling due to an “urgent need” for more funding, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned in its annual report on Tuesday. Overall, the number of new cases fell by 21 percent between 2010 and 2015, and mortality rates …

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Fighting Non-Communicable Disease

   COMMENT: By George Weisz Civil-society organisations create new alliance to tackle the challenge of NCDs in East African Global health organisations and initiatives – and, in particular, the World Health Organization – have traditionally focused on infectious diseases, from malaria (their great failure) to smallpox (their greatest success). But …

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Bunyoro Kitara diocese gets new bishop

Rev Canon Samuel Kahuma, 57, has been consecrated as the new Anglican Bishop of Bunyoro Kitara diocese in Hoima. Kahuma was presented before Archbishop Stanley Ntagali formally for a few queries to determine whether he was qualified for admission into the church administration. “I am determined by God’s grace. I …

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Paris rat catchers deployed to tackle rodent scourge

Paris, France | AFP |  Paris officials have announced a crackdown on rats which blight parks and gardens around the City of Light and are thought to easily outnumber humans. The city’s rodents were given an image overhaul in 2007 in the hit animated film “Ratatouille” which depicted them cooking …

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South African court rules against right-to-die

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal on Tuesday overturned a ruling that granted a man the right to medically-assisted death and could have opened the way to legalise euthanasia. Last year, the High Court in Pretoria had ruled that a doctor could help retired …

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HIV rates still high

Rate at which girls in the age bracket of 14-24 are getting infected alarming When it comes to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, Uganda is classified as a high burden country by UNAIDS, the international agency that is at the helm of mustering a joint response to the disease. High numbers of …

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