Research has shown that sleeping under an insecticide-treated net is one of the best ways to prevent malaria because the net forms a physical and chemical barrier against mosquitoes. When mosquitoes try to bite someone sleeping under a net they are not only blocked by the netting but also killed by the insecticide coating.
Dr. Gerald Mutungi, the Assistant Commissioner in charge of Non-Communicable Diseases at the Ministry of Health, says that they are aware of the situation at UCI and have scheduled a meeting with the management.
According to data from the health ministry, only 775 schools (approximately 2.5 per cent) out of an estimated 30,519 that are registered with the Ministry of Education and Sports, are reporting COVID-19 surveillance numbers.
Addressing journalists at the Media Centre on Friday, the Minister for Health Ruth Aceng said that all passengers aged 18 years and above will have to present Covid-19 vaccination cards indicating full dosage before they are allowed to travel.
The doctors and medical interns were marching to Parliament to present the Speaker, Jacob Oulanyah with a petition to call for a special sitting of the house to address their demands so that doctors can go back to work. According to police, the medics were arrested for not adhering to COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures that do not allow the holding of processions
The minister of health, Dr Jane Ruth Acenf says the variant has not yet been detected in Uganda. She however adds that as a measure to ensure early detection of the variant, genome sequencing will be carried out on all COVID-19 positive tests of travelers entering the country by land or air.
But, the CDC says that both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines take a few hours to thaw and must be administered quickly once they are no longer being refrigerated. The Pfizer vaccine is only stable for six hours at room temperature while a punctured Moderna vaccine vial is viable for up to 12 hours.
The policy, supposed to streamline emergency response services in the country, aims at reducing avoidable mortality, morbidity and disability by ensuring all people in need of emergency care access it. The policy will also provide safe and quick transportation of the sick to hospitals.
In a notice issued in August, the doctors gave the government 90 days to respond to their demands. More than 10 days since the expiry of the notice the new leadership has not set a new date .According to new management, the strike was pushed to cater for planning
So far, Uganda has received over 11.5 million vaccines with an additional nine million Johnson&Johnson vaccines expected to arrive next month. However, data from the health ministry shows that only 3.9 million vaccines have been distributed with only around 750,000 people fully vaccinated.
Kazo Resident District Commissioner Ruth Sabiti Kashaka says that the closure is to stop the further spread of the virus and ensure proper disinfection. She explains that samples taken from the district staff last week returned two positive results between Monday and Wednesday.
The study which was carried out in Bwaise had a total of 422 participants aged between 18 and 30. It shows that 115 of the participants representing 51.8 per cent of the people who participated in the study use a mixture of cigarettes and marijuana- a combination locally referred to as Kibanga.
According to lawyers and health rights activists that URN spoke, vacciantion mandates that require all members of staff or visitors at the Ministry of Health or the National Medical Stores are illegal. The lawyers say no law or statutory instrument has been issued on vaccination which makes it illegal for government entities to victimize unvaccinated staff or visitors
Annet Kyomuhendo, the District Probation Officer says for the year 2020 they registered 408 girls and for the year 2021 there has been an increase and they have registered 606 girls. She blames this on the continued closure of schools.
Uganda received 300,000 doses of Sinovac in July as a donation from China, and the jabs were subsequently ringfenced for teachers who had not been vaccinated. According to the health ministry, the vaccines meant for teachers have all been used up, with Kampala recording up to 200,000 vaccinations in this category.
Dr Hafsa Lukwata, the assistant commissioner in charge of mental health at the Ministry of Health says that they have received many reports of persons who have attempted to take their own lives due to COVID-19. However, she adds that the data is not conclusive and may not give a complete picture of what the situation looks like in the country.