As government continues to popularize the HPV shot for girls aged 9-11 years, medics say 96 percent of the population is not aware that males too need to get the Human Papilloma Vaccine (HPV) which protects them from acquiring the virus and passing it on females they are sexually involved with.
According to the medics, the HPV vaccine is vital to adult women between the ages of 25-45 since they are sexually active and likely to get infected with the virus. However, with the high costs attached to the vaccine, many women are likely to be left out
Due to a lack of staff like nurses trained in critical care and anesthesiologists, critically ill COVID-19 patients requiring vital care are referred to ICUs in Kampala. This has left many ICU’s in the capital overwhelmed with numbers
Dr. Ataro Stephen Ayella, an epidemiologist, says this is just a temporary solution, but work places should rather put emphasis on individual respect for standard operating procedures like keeping proper hand and respiratory hygiene.
In a statement issued by the health ministry today, the permanent secretary Dr Diana Atwine said that Uganda has already submitted an application to participate in the Global COVAX initiative for COVID-19 vaccine, which has been accepted by the Global Alliance for Vaccine Initiative-GAVI.
According to the Uganda Medical Association-UMA, their colleagues who on average earn 5 Million Shillings per month are being forced to go to private hospitals where some private hospitals which charge between 3 -5 Million Shillings per day. Some of the hospitals include Victoria and Novik.
Dr. Misaki Wayengera, a virologist and member of the National COVID-19 Taskforce that was earlier in charge of classifying and sequencing which strains are circulating in the country, says they don’t know Uganda's status regarding the new strain since the country stopped conducting surveillance of the virus.
David Kabanda, a social Rights Lawyer who was among the team that was consulted by local NGO UGANET to conduct the study says the majority of the respondents referred to the new drug as ‘ ‘dolotiya’ to mean dolutegravir but when they were asked why they were shifted, 99% said they don’t know why they had to change their regimens. When they asked health workers, 82% of them didn’t know that patients needed to know other than just receiving the medicine.
A survey by the Makerere University School of Public health has found that while 3 in 10 girls who are in school acknowledged having sex young before clocking 18, the number was much bigger for those out of school at 8 in every 10.
Dr. Diana Atwiine, the Health Ministry Permanent Secretary told URN in an exclusive interview that the ministry spends not less than Shillings 7million on each COVID-19 patient each day in the Intensive Care Unit-ICU. She said Mulago National Specialized hospital has recently had patients with complicated diseases where they have had to spend up to Shs10million in terms on medicines and sundries to stabilize them.