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ANALYSIS: Ebola fight

EBOLA FIGHT: The good and bad news Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Ministry of Health on average receives about 160 alerts every day of possible Ebola, according to the Disease Outbreak News (DON) of Nov.24 by the World Health Organisation (WHO). It says during the week commencing Nov.14, …

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Defeating HIV by 2030

HIV experts want priority shifted to vulnerable groups Kampala, Uganda | RONALD MUSOKE | As the world gears up to commemorate this year’s World AIDS Day which is celebrated every December 1, experts in the HIV prevention, treatment and research want the international community to focus and support more ‘priority populations’ …

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Regional hospitals to start surgery for diabetic retinopathy

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Minister for Health, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, has revealed a government plan to roll out surgery for diabetic retinopathy to all regional hospitals. Aceng said the eye blinding disease is currently treated at a few selected hospitals located mostly in the central region. She made …

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MoH Ps makes U-Turn on upgrading Barjobi Health Centre III

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Dr Diana Atwine, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health has withdrawn a letter she wrote confirming the upgrade of Barjobi Health Centre III to IV instead of Okwang Health Centre III. On November 14, Dr Atwine wrote to the Chief Administrative Officer of …

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Masette Kuuya was Obote’s ‘Bituli Mia’, wanted Mandela Stadium in Nabumali

OBITUARY | Alfred Geresom Musamali | Hon Patrick Masette Kuuya, son of Abner Walyawula of Sibanga in the current Manafwa district, was the “Bituli Mia” of Dr Apollo Milton Obote’s Second Government (1980 to 1985). “Bituli” in some Ugandan languages means gaps, holes, shapes or openings while “mia” is Kiswahili for a …

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Cultural competency in healthcare

Why is it crucial and what can be done to improve on it? SPECIAL REPORT | THE INDEPENDENT | Since the time of the Ancient Greeks, medical professionals have sworn the Hippocratic Oath, through which they commit to providing their patients with the best care possible. This includes patients of …

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