John Kamili, the Director Cipla Quality Chemicals company who moderated a session on "Security of Supply: Made in Africa for Africa" at the conference on Friday told journalists on the sidelines of the event that Research and Development (R&D) is an expensive undertaking and companies here have not yet reached the level where they can pump money in a ‘trial and error’ ventures without expecting a return.
The minister said this money is still way below what they ideally need to put everything in place, but it will push them to at least fund vital areas of treatment and surveillance which will extend to the affected districts and those around them.
Dr Ian Clarke, the Chairperson of Uganda Healthcare Federation (UHF), told journalists that a hospital in Nairobi is starting kidney transplants soon and instead of flying to India for procedures, it will be cost-effective for Ugandans to seek this service in Nairobi as the country readies for the launch of similar services when an enabling law is finalized.
Dr. Henry Mwebesa, the Director General of Health Services at the Ministry of Health said in an interview on Thursday that while they have received complaints about fears of infection, they are not considering withdrawing or transferring anybody from the hospital.
Dr Justus Ampaire, an Obstetrician/Gynecologist based in Mbarara District says that protocols that are supposed to guide them in handling cases have never been reviewed and health workers, especially in upcountry districts, are still using equipment that has globally been phased out.
Dr Allan Muruta, the Commissioner of Public Health Emergencies at the Ministry of Health says many Ugandans are unaware of the correct schedule for tetanus vaccination and wrongly believe that the jab is given once in a lifetime.
Dr. Julius Lutwama who heads the Department of Arbovirology, Emerging and Re-Emerging Infectious Diseases at UVRI explains the confirmed Sudan viral strain is usually milder than all the other strains adding that some people may get exposed but will not show symptoms at all.
The Health Ministry Permanent Secretary, Dr. Diana Atwine told journalists at a press conference at the ministry Tuesday morning, that they have dispatched a rapid response team to Madudu and Kiruma villages in Mubende to do a verbal post-mortem on the six reported victims who died between September 11th and 15th, 2022.
Hanifa Kawooya, the Minister of Health in charge of General Duties said writing unreadable prescriptions is an outdated technique in a world where people are more aware and concerned about their health and what medicines they are treated with.
Dr. Alfred Driwale, the Manager Uganda National Expanded Programme on Immunization (UNEPI) told journalists on Monday that measles is a disease targeted for elimination globally and that to achieve this, Uganda resolved to start giving two doses of the vaccine since the one dose currently given only offers 85% protection.
The campaign which starts this month, according to Dr. Patrick Tusiime, the Commissioner of National Disease Control at the Ministry of Health will involve offering TB preventive medication for contacts of cases and doing random tests in the community.
The experts including doctors, Ministry of Health officials, clerks, politicians, and private individuals who run adolescent clinics say that the youth desks and centres which had initially been set up at health facilities were non-functional.
According to Eng. Deo Byabagambi, a Biomedical Engineer in the Ministry of Health, the machine was assessed for quality On Wednesday and what is pending now is assessing it while in use by the patients.
Dr Richard Idro, a Malaria Researcher based at Makerere University says that the recent upsurge of malaria in many parts of the country has also seen the disease shifting from affecting very young children aged below five years to school-going children.
Rev. Ezra Busobozi, the Executive Director of Kitojo Integrated Development Action (KIDA), an NGO that runs a Community Health Insurance Scheme in South Western Uganda told a meeting attended by Members of Parliament and officials in the Ministries of Health and Education that while they have set up a scheme that cheaply covers key health problems of rural communities, they have still failed to attract many people to enroll.
Dr. Jimmy Opigo, the head of the Malaria Control Division in the Ministry of Health told URN in an exclusive interview that several parts of Eastern Uganda are still reporting up to ten malaria deaths every week and yet areas such as Namutumba have been prioritized in the prevention efforts such as the distribution of insecticide-treated nets and Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS).
Dr. Richard Mugahi the Assistant Commissioner in charge of Reproductive and Infant Health at the ministry said on Friday that while the ministry is trying to train existing health workers to be able to handle unique needs of young people when they seek health services, they have found some of them untrainable and overwhelmed and yet they can’t afford to hire more.
Thousands of people in Karamoja, one of Uganda’s poorest regions, are starving as a result of prolonged drought, the increase of insecurity and its associated protection risks, as well as large-scale structural and chronic vulnerabilities.