This study which has been code named FACE – U lasts a year and will be conducted in cities and towns of Kampala, Wakiso, Kabale, Mbale and Kampala. In addition to assessing what children eat, the researchers will interview parents and policymakers in addition to assessing how often children targeted adverts run in the media.
The Deputy Director of Gulu Regional Referral Hospital, Dr Paska Apiyo, also a Physician and in-charge of in charge of COVID-19 Treatment Center says most patients being admitted at the facility have been showing signs of severe complications.
Despite carrying at full capacity, the operators have doubled the fares. For instance, from Mbale to Soroti which was 10,000 Shillings, the fares have increased to 15,000 Shillings and 20,000 Shillings.
The residents note that despite being interested in receiving the jab, the hilly nature of the area they are facing challenges to access Health Centre IIIs. They also say that the distance from villages to health centre IIIs is not favourable to the elderly and people with disabilities.
Dr Nelson Naisye, the District Health Officer-DHO Buliisa says that their efforts to have the facility reopened this week have hit a snag since they have still failed to secure a place to accommodate both staff and patients.
Haruna Wamala, the administrator Kawolo Hospital, says although the renovation and expansion of the hospital was a huge blessing, their staffing levels didn’t change. According to Wamala, there is a need for urgent recruitment of sonographers, surgeons, bio technicians and clinicians among other staff.
Baguma says the government should get back to the drawing table and design a new approach that will encourage the teachers to voluntarily embrace COVID-19 vaccination instead of piling on them pressure.
The Indian variant is believed to be more infectious and affects mainly younger persons in age. The health ministry is now in talks with Immigration, Civil Aviation Authority and the National COVID-19 task force on how they can forestall the spread of variants in the country