Uganda received 964,000 vaccine doses which were sent to different local governments. According to the health ministry, KCCA was one of the local government authorities that received the highest number of vaccines. It is estimated that over 200,000 doses were given to the authority. Now the health ministry wants it to account for 21,000 vaccines
David Nuwamanya, the Hospital Principal Administrator told journalists on Monday that they are now producing 2999.4litres per minute something experts worry compromises the purity of the product and yet at times the ventilators cannot operate effectively with the increased pressure exerted on the machine.
Dr Richard Idro, a paediatrician at Mulago Specialized National Referral Hospital says while steam inhalation where many are using herbs and hot water has become very popular, there is no way it can keep away the virus or even treat those that are already sick.
It took Amudu Jean Pierre a refugee who arrived in Uganda from the Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC in 2012 four incidents of being bounced before he finally got his first COVID-19 jab at the Makerere University Hospital in April.
Dr Paska Apiyo disclosed with the spike in new cases, the unit is being operated by only eight personnel; 4 nurses, a medical doctor and a physician including two cleaners saying work volume has over stretched them.
Joseph Nyeko, a cross border fuel dealer in Elegu explains that business is continuing normally without any interference as long as one puts on a face mask, sanitizes hands and observes social distancing rules.
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.
Robert Onekalit, the In-charge of the facility says the eight-member team is facing an uphill task serving a population of 3,000 to 5,000 people especially long distance cargo drivers and travers every day.
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.
Prof. Moses Joloba, the Principal Investigator on the project, which is aimed at advancing tissue and organ biobanking in Uganda, told URN in an interview that while people are generally happy about the innovation, a lot of those that they involved in their perception studies expressed fears of manipulation.
On Thursday, the authority issued a notice to the public indicating that following the screening tests that were conducted early this week, one of the staff members was found positive and is currently undergoing case management.
Dr. Charles Eyoung, the Psychiatrist Doctor at the Mental Health Unit disclosed to URN in an interview that the Hospital has run out of the essential drugs. These include among others Phenytoin, which controls seizures in patients with epilepsy and Naltrexone that is used in the treatment of post-traumatic disorder and alcohol abuse.
But at the end of the training participants only received an allowance of 50,000 Shillings instead of the 100,000 Shillings that they signed for. The VHTs say that they tasked the trainers to explain why they were being given only half of what they signed for, but could not get a satisfactory explanation.
According to the ministry of health officials, the nurses should have handed the stillbirth to the parents for burial and not thrown it in a pit. Dr Olaro says a DNA test needs to be carried out to ascertain that the dead baby Baisi was given was actually hers
Fredrick Makaire, the Executive Director Save for Health Uganda an umbrella organization for informal community health insurance schemes said the Ministry of Health came out to resist the bill rather late and failed to carry out its mandate of sensitization.