The system which was constructed, installed and connected to pipes at the cost of 1.9 billion shillings has dried up leaving the majority of people in Amudat with no option but to share dirty water with livestock.
The Gulu District Health Educator William Onyai told Uganda Radio Network in an interview Friday that they have only been able to achieve half of the projected targeted population in the one-week mass vaccination campaign.
Dr Allan Niyonzima Muruta, the Commissioner for Integrated Epidemiology and Surveillance at the Ministry of Health, says that the country remains vulnerable to serious disease outbreaks, hence the need to make a considerable investment towards building the required response capabilities at different levels in the health services delivery chain.
Denis Muyunga, the area LCIII Chairman, says that the residents first developed symptoms such as nausea, severe fever, vomiting, chest pain, a sore throat, abdominal pain, swelling on the arms, and diarrhoea. A number of them died within two or three days after presenting the symptoms.
Caroline Apalat, a booking Clerk for Gogolon Transporters Ltd that plies the Kampala-Moroto route via Mbale, Kumi and Soroti in Eastern Uganda says several passengers who booked cancelled their Thursday trip forcing them to charge the initial rates.
The two southern Africa countries account for 62% of cases reported globally, said Dr. Abdou Salam Gueye, Director of Emergency Preparedness and Response at WHO Africa Regional Office at the weekly press conference.
He said Omicron has a high number of mutations in its spike protein at 32, and preliminary evidence suggests an increased risk of reinfection, when compared with other variants of concern.
Dr. Ann Aerts who heads the Novartis Foundation that is funding the project told journalists attending a press conference on Thursday that they will initially host 30 start-ups. Among them is a start-up by Ugandan innovator David Lwangwa who is creating a platform for cancer patients to take charge of their treatment using Artificial Intelligence.
The minister of health, Dr Jane Ruth Acenf says the variant has not yet been detected in Uganda. She however adds that as a measure to ensure early detection of the variant, genome sequencing will be carried out on all COVID-19 positive tests of travelers entering the country by land or air.
Daniel Kabanda, the Chairperson Headteachers and Teachers Association in Katabi Town Council says the hub is timely for both learners and teachers.
Nabawanuka is urging the town council authorities and teachers to safeguard the hub and ensure all teachers and pupils benefit from using it.
Vastha Kibirige, the Condom Coordinator at the AIDS Control Programme says that they have been giving out free condoms over the years, but the use is too low. For example, he says, they have projected a male condom need at 590 million packets, in 2021 but they may end up supplying these over three years.
The IAS says the strategy, which comes just after it was announced that another person, an Argentinean woman who tested positive for HIV in 2013 had been cured through natural immunity, might finally deliver a cure whose search has been on for more than 30 years.
The vaccines manufactured under the Presidential Scientific Initiative on Epidemics (PRESIDE) are using different technologies; One is using the ChAdOx1 also known as the Adenovirus-vectored technology, used in the development of the AstraZeneca vaccine while the others are using the Messenger RNA technology (mRNA) that was used for the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines.
David Sorowon, the in charge of Kwirwot Health Centre III says the health facility serves more than five hundred patients per month. He says that due to low staffing levels especially in the antenatal care, they struggle to offer services.
Prof. Annette Nakimuli who has previously discovered the gene in African women that pre-disposes them to high blood pressure in pregnancy or preeclampsia will now be studying characteristics of women who are likely to suffer four maternal health related complications so that health workers can intervene early on. The complications include Preeclampsia, pre-term birth, still birth and intra- uterine growth restriction where a baby in the womb does not grow as normally expected.
The first phase of the vaccination targeting health workers, teachers, security personnel, the elderly, and persons above the age of 50 was budgeted to cost Shillings 1.3 trillion. The second phase that is still ongoing and targets communities reporting high infections is budgeted to cost Shillings 46 billion.
David Wabukye, a communication lecturer at Uganda Christian University, Livingstone International University, and UMCAT School of Journalism in Mbale city was one of those affected by the lockdown. However, Wabukye reorganized himself and resorted to online food vending for survival.
According to Ugandan scientists, the virus keeps on mutating due to pressure from vaccines and therapeutics. They say the only way Ugandans will be able to protect themselves is by adhering to SOPs and getting vaccinated using newer versions of vaccines formulated to deal with new variants