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Enforcement of COVID-19 curfew provokes war memories in Acholi

Acholi, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT |  The brutal enforcement of the 14 days’ curfew in Uganda has provoked memories of the over two-decade armed conflict between Government and rebels in the Acholi sub-region. This follows incidences of torture, looting and beating by Local Defense Unit (LDUs) and Police backed by Uganda …

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COVID-19: Youths construct hand washing taps for communities

Mbale, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT |  A group of youths under their umbrella the Economic Youth Empowerment in Bugokho-Mutoto Sub County in Mbale district have embarked on the construction of TP taps for communities to promote handwashing as part of the preventive measures against the COVID-19 pandemic. The group targets to …

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Nakaseke district struggles to pool vehicles for COVID-19 fight

Nakaseke, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT |  Authorities in Nakaseke are struggling to pool vehicles to help the surveillance team to respond to management of COVID 19. Last month, President Yoweri Museveni directed that all government vehicles at the district be surrendered to a pool to be overseen by the district health …

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Gulu university seeks UGX 2.5Bn for COVID-19 diagnosis, surveillance

Gulu, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT |  The faculty of medicine at Gulu University is seeking Shillings 2.5 billion from government to commence diagnosis; epidemiological surveillance and monitoring of Coronavirus-COVID-19 cases.  The University has a state-of-the art Biosciences Research Laboratories with 18 workrooms including seven specialised laboratories designed for detection and containment …

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COVID-19: Mbale central market temporarily closed

Mbale, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT |  The Mbale District COVID-19 taskforce has temporarily closed Mbale Central Market over non-compliance to measures that were put in place to control the spread of coronavirus disease COVID-19.  The team that closed the market on Monday evening was led by the Mbale Resident District Commissioner …

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World short of six million nurses, WHO says

Geneva, Switzerland | AFP | As COVID-19 captures global headlines, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned Tuesday that the world needs nearly six million nurses. The UN’s health agency along with partners Nursing Now and the International Council of Nurses (ICN) underscored in a report the crucial role played by nurses, …

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COVID-19: British PM Johnson in intensive care

  London, United Kingdom | AFP | Prime Minister Boris Johnson was in intensive care on Monday after his coronavirus symptoms worsened, prompting concern for his health and well-wishes from political friends and foes in Britain and abroad, as the country battles to control the outbreak. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab …

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Gov’t pledges to account for COVID-19 funds

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The government has said that it will account for all the funds received for the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. On Monday, staff from the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) handed over 376 million shillings to the Ministry of Health. This same amount was …

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Coronavirus threatens nearly 20 million African jobs: study

Addis Abeba, Ethiopia | AFP | Millions of lost jobs, mounting debt woes and plunging remittances are among the economic hardships African countries can expect because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the African Union said in a study published Monday. “Nearly 20 million jobs, both in the formal and informal sectors, are threatened with destruction on …

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