Even for those that showed specificity and sensitivity of above 90%, Kaleebu says they gave confusing results when they tested their performance in detecting different antibodies which he worries would pose challenges for health workers to interpret.
Researchers on the on-going study to establish the efficacy of plasma treatment in Uganda told URN that women have been excluded because when they conceive the fetus produces a chemical which mixes with the blood and that if they are to use it they would need to do extra tests to establish the safety of their blood, which tests can’t be done in the country yet.
The project comes at the backdrop of a dwindling forest cover, plummeting from
24 per cent of the area in 1990 to nine per cent in 2015, according to a report on the State of Uganda's Forestry. It is now up to 12.5, according to Tom Okello, the head of the National Forestry Authority (NFA).
Lillian Nkwenge, the UNMA Principal Public Relations Officer told URN from Gulu that the WIDS forecasts between a period of six hours to three months. She explained that the Application was developed to support planning for a day to day operations and also long term planning for farmers.
University resident staff that were among the first people at the scene of the burning building claim that the fear did not start in the public relations office as is being communicated by university administration. The residents says the fire either begun from the finance department or the central registry
Dr Bruce Kirenga, a researcher and Executive Director at the Makerere University Lung Institute told URN in an interview that they have already been approached by two pharmaceutical companies offering them manufactured antibodies to use while conducting trials.
Kajja was in the recent search process for the Deputy Principal nominated unopposed for the position and subsequently appointed. However, the position of the Principal remains contested, a move which has created a leadership crisis at the College.
Dr Okuku was among the 45 staff that were fired by the institution in December 2018. He was sacked for alleged incompetence and inefficiency based on the alleged failure to release results of Urban and Rural Development, a course unit he taught in Semester II for 2016/2017 academic year for almost a full year.
Dr Ekwaro Obuku, a Health Policy Expert said there’s no equity in the options that the government proposed, yet even in schools that embarked on distance learning, learners still needed the support of parents. As a result, many schools have now abandoned e-learning because the investment in infrastructure to run such programmes is high.
Prof. Christopher Garimoi Orach, a Makerere University-based Researcher who led the study team told URN that said they collected water samples from 27 sites including Lakes, Rivers, Irrigation Canals, Springs and Ponds which they analyzed monthly for water clarity also known as turbidity. However, none of the sites was found to have clear water throughout the study period.
Dr Richard Mugambe, a lecturer in Makerere University’s Department of Disease Control and Environmental Health says that sustaining hand hygiene would have been possible if implementers of the initiative adopted a behavioural model to strategize on how this behaviour that’s not deeply entrenched in the community continues.
Apart from patients, Nakasujja said owning to the fact that COVID-19 was a new phenomenon to even health workers, a group of other researchers at the University are analyzing health workers who are involved in treatment of the viral respiratory infection to see how they perceive their jobs now and if they have really been affected.
Dr Joseph Matovu a behavioral scientist and Senior Research Associate at the School of Public Health said the COVID-19 fighting team has instead imported measures that are being implemented in other countries with different systems wrongly thinking that they can work here.
The drug delivered intravenously is administered slowly, causing a lot of pain to the receiver. And because it requires a lot of attention to deliver, health workers, especially at the grass-root, tend to avoid the treatment and choose to refer patients who develop signs relating to the complication, to higher facilities.
The winners were selected from a competitive pool of more than 400 applicants who were pitching to conduct research and come with innovations in areas ranging from new techniques for sustainable agriculture and fisheries, managing water shortages to mitigate the worst impacts of climate change, improved methods to store cleaner energy and targeting health conditions that are most acute for people living in Africa.
Speaking during a webinar held Wednesday morning to discuss the broader public health impact of COVID 19, Prof. Freddie Ssengooba, an expert in Health Policy Planning and Management at the Makerere University School of Public Health said most of the interventions so far implemented in the country are copy and paste without paying attention to the evidence available in the country.
Some of those that have so far been released report feeling unwelcome. A recovered patient who spoke to URN on condition of anonymity, says that he hasn’t moved an inch from his home since he was released last week. Somehow, he says, people in the neighbourhood got to know about his return and he has received information from relatives that the community is scared.