WHO statistics show, last year, 1,226 cases of all forms of polio were recorded compared to 138 in 2018, something attributed to paused door-to-door campaigns for four months to protect communities from the spread of COVID-19.
According to scientists, vaccines lose their potency and effectiveness if they are exposed to temperatures outside of the required range or when exposed to light. This implies that once a vial's seal is punctured, workers have only a few hours to administer them.
Idro says people should not buy dexamethasone and Prednisolone which are one of the drugs on the combo lists of pharmacies as treatment for COVID-19 explaining that the drugs increase one’s risk of developing diabetes and can worsen those already battling the disease.
Dr Robert Kalyesubula, a nephrologist at the hospital explains that the majority of those that they have received ended up in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and three of his kidney disease survivors have succumbed to the viral respiratory disease in the past week.
While daily COVID-19 positive cases had fallen to the lows of less than ten cases each day in early March and COVID-19 treatment centres closed, the daily case reports recently went up to the highs of more than a thousand cases on some days.
As of yesterday, a total of 774,818 doses of the 964,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines that were received in March had been administered, amongst Ugandans across the country. The remaining doses, expected to be about 146,000 are estimated to be stored at different local government storage units awaiting use.
The huge number of travelers prompted transporters to hike their fares. Bus fares to up country areas have more than doubled. For example, transport fares to the northern Uganda route specifically to Gulu has increased to between Shillings 100,000 and 130,000 from Shillings 40, previously. Travelers to Elegu border post are paying Shillings 150,000.
Sekandi, a manager at Namayiba bus terminal, says that the amount of money has definitely increased, for example, a trip from Kampala to Gulu now costs between Shillings 160,000 and 170,000 from Shillings 40,000 previously. Kampala to Lira now costs between Shillings 100,000 and 150,000 from the normal fare of Shillings 40,000.
The products include; Warbugia Ugandensis, Cypress oil, Cypress herbal tea, propolis tincture and propolis throat spray. Another product that has been developed is the NCRI-NP Syrup that is a concentrated version of the government's UBV-01N COVID-19 therapeutic that is still undergoing research to determine proper dosages.
Ssennyonjo said locking is not a one-size-fits-all solution for the pandemic. He says for instance, that even as there have been huge numbers of positives being announced lately, over 90 per cent of these have been coming from the Kampala metropolitan area yet no specific measures or concerted efforts have been focused on these high infection areas to study the trend the virus is taking.
The two are Doreen Mirembe Juliet a second year student of Bachelor of Teacher Education, who has been in Intensive Care Unit-ICU at Victoria Hospital in Bukoto and Atwine Sharon, a nursery teacher, in the Department of Psychology.
All those who have received two doses of the vaccine were among the first people vaccinated in the country. According to records from the health ministry, these persons where vaccinated between March 10 and April 3,2021.Getting two doses of the vaccines means that these persons now have 100 protection against the disease. When infected, they will not get severe forms of the disease. They will also not be hospitalised.
Dr Fatuma Namusoke, an Obstetrician and Gynecologist who was the Principal Investigator in a new study by researchers at Makerere University told URN that the majority of women revealed missing the three recommended doses of fansidar
The President assured Ugandans that vaccines are safe and effective but urged them to continue wearing masks, washing hands with soap and water, sanitising ensuring good ventilation indoors, physically distancing and avoiding crowds to minimise transmission. Museveni’s appeal come at a time when there has been a spike in the number of Covid-19 cases recorded in the recent weeks. Many Ugandans had started to live their lives normally thinking that the virus no longer poses any threat.
Dr. Misaki Wayengera a virologist and researcher based at Makerere University says that overall across the country, the testing takes place is about 0.3% of the population. He says they are aware that so many people are infecting others in the community but mass testing was untenable. He says they are now banking on communal responsibility which is the reason as to why they are recommending serious enforcement of interventions like curfew.