The National Institute for Health Research is among key partners of the East Africa Consortium for Clinical Research-EACCR. The partnership involves 23 research institutions and universities in Uganda, Kenya, Sudan, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Ethiopia, and the consortium's Secretariat is hosted at Uganda Virus Research Institute-UVRI.
In its latest update on COVID-19 testing requirements, the condition was waived for passengers to six of the seven emirate countries. Passengers now need to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result certificate issued from an accredited laboratory within 48 hours to departure. Only those destined to Dubai are required to have a certificate issued within six hours to departure.
George Wangaya, the Managing Director of Awel Tours and Travel Agency, says that the ministry of health should tighten its grip on laboratories or test UAE-bound at the airport. The agency offers services namely air ticketing, tours & Safaris, consultancy services, car hire, hotel booking, and Visa arrangements for UAE.
Uganda is the latest to be added to the UAE red list. The list now has 12 African countries.
Two days ago, the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority issued directives to suspend flights from Nigeria, Ethiopia and Tanzania. Others on the list are Kenya, South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Eswatini.
Turyabahika noted that while some people have been hesitant to get vaccinated against COVID-19 due to fears that they will get blood clots, he says they are still vulnerable to getting blood clots when they get infected with Covid-19 because all viruses cause blood clots.
As a result, he is advising people to get vaccinated and ensure they drink at least two litres of water daily, undertake regular physical exercises such as walks and swimming to prevent blood clots.
Kikaire says the main objective of the third round of EACCR is now to see scientists do research in the five focus areas, encourage junior scientists to spearhead these research projects, and most importantly close the gender gap by giving at least half of the scholarships for short courses, masters degrees to females.
The show is designed to foster a culture of curiosity, discovery, and critical thinking while promoting girls’ empowerment and providing young people with accurate information about health, science, and environmental issues that affect their daily lives.
Ggoobi noted that it is unacceptable for NMS to continue delivering essential medicines and supplies to health centres, general, regional, and national referral hospitals without demanding accountability for previous deliveries.
The 72-bed capacity facility has three operating theatres, six intensive care units, 16 high dependency unit beds, and one Isolation room. It has six clinics, a radiology room, a laboratory with a blood bank, a CT scanner, pharmacy, auxiliary services, and guesthouses for patients from far, among other facilities.
Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, the Minister of Health, while addressing the media at the health ministry headquarters on Friday, says the government will test all arriving passengers to curb the importation of COVID-19 variants into the country.
Njuki says service providers such as taxi drivers, conductors, boda boda motorcyclists and crews for water vessels like MV Kalangala should get vaccinated. "In future, it could become a requirement that only those who are vaccinated will be allowed to carry passengers," says Njuki.
Another staff member, who issues receipts, says staff are currently scared that they might lose their jobs if they do not get fully vaccinated by end of November.
Museveni launched the exercise on Friday evening, saying it will be conducted by the government.
He says the exercise will commence with immediate effect, saying the Entebbe international airport laboratories will used as government testing facilities for all incoming passengers through our airport.
Dr. Yonas Tegegn Woldemariam, the WHO Representative in Uganda is convinced that Uganda will meet the target of ten million children within three days based on its past polio vaccination record.
Tegegn however hopes that the exercise will not disrupt or be disrupted by the ongoing Covid-19 mass vaccination campaign.
The Chinese ambassador to Uganda, Zhang Lizhong handed the second batch of the Chinese vaccines to the National Medical Stores-NMS in Entebbe municipality on Tuesday. He said the donation brings to 1million, the number of Sinovac vaccines donated to Uganda.
Eng. George Otim, the Commissioner in charge of Health Infrastructure says that Although the overall progress of the World Bank-funded project now stands at 99 per cent, the contractor has to fix some mechanical works within the medical building and block C that houses the mortuary, pathologist's office, janitor's office and the laundry.
The directive takes immediate effect for staff, and start on October 18 for all other visitors. This implies that all NMS staff, who are over 350 in number, and visitors, who are usually bidders and suppliers of drugs and other pharmaceutical products must present proof of vaccination to be admitted at the NMS head offices in Entebbe.