According to a statement by WHO, the new vaccine is recommended for use as a single dose among adults and that it was found to have 64% efficacy against symptomatic disease and 92% against severe COVID-19.
The increase of such vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks has also been facilitated by displacements due to conflicts, lack of clean water and sanitation, overcrowding and disruptions in routine immunization.
SAGE now recommends that dose schedules should be updated to have one or two-dose schedule for the primary target of girls aged 9-14, one or two-dose schedule for young women aged 15-20 and two doses with a 6-month interval for women older than 21.
Prof. Joseph Okeinbunor, who led a delegation of scientists from the WHO Regional Office for Africa, said the innovation is a good gesture on their calls for more research on African traditional medicine.
In Uganda, studies had been launched in June last year to test whether patients who were seeking treatment from Mulago National Referral and selected Regional Referral hospitals could recover with the treatment but according to Dr. Bruce Kirenga, a Lung Expert who was the lead investigator on the study told URN participants never showed any signs of responding to the treatment.
Keeping the 100-year-old promise-making insulin access universal details the main barriers to accessing the lifesaving medicine, namely high prices, low availability of human insulin, a market dominated by just a few producers, and weak health systems.
The country received the first batch of Johnson and Johnson consisting of 196,800 doses on October 8 and to date, a total of 650,000 doses of the single-dose drug have arrived. But they have since been shelved raising questions especially among people who prefer a single dose jab.
In its guide released on Friday, the organisation lists new treatments for various cancers and diabetes, medicines they say will help people who want to stop smoking as a predisposing factor for the Non Communicable Diseases NCDs. They also note, the new medicines will treat serious bacterial and fungal infections that tend to resist existing treatments.
Uganda adopted the recommendation for the introduction of the at-birth vaccine in 2017, according to Dr. Rachel Beyagira, the Hepatitis B Technical Officer in the Ministry of Health. This has however remained on paper.
Prof Pauline Byakika, a member of the Scientific Committee of the National COVID-19, task force says the drug is only a supplement and can only be recommended for use as a treatment once clinical trials have been completed.
Grace Atim, an elderly mother and resident of Ajan village in Lamola Parish in Odek lost her daughter to the disease. She says if they are empowered through vocational training and soft skills such as agribusiness, village savings schemes, and tailoring and small business enterprises they will be able to fend for themselves and relieve the government the burden of begging.
Health Minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng told journalists on Friday that Uganda has so far recorded one case of the Indian strain of the COVID-19 virus that is feared to be lethal. She said starting tomorrow only those Ugandans who have been in India for treatment and the nationals that will be allowed back in the country. The ban also affects travelers that have traveled through India in the last 14 days.
In many countries the single biggest challenge with ear care is the lack of appropriate human resource with the report finding that 78% of low income countries have fewer than one ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist per million population. 93% have fewer than one audiologist per million, only 17% have one or more speech therapist per million; and 50% have one or more teacher for the deaf per million.
According to a statement, the study has been temporarily halted as they evaluate the patient’s illness although they didn’t specify whether the particular patient was receiving the active drug or the placebo.
The WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a media briefing that the countries engaging with the COVAX Global Vaccines Facility, the mechanism designed to ensure equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccine has risen following his call last week. However, he adds, there are still funding gaps for the research and development work and therefore urged countries to make binding commitments in support of the facility.
On Monday, two people were confirmed to have died of COVID whereby one was a 46-year-old male from Kampala who died at Nsambya hospital and 27-year old who died at Hoima Regional Referral Hospital. As of Monday, Uganda had 1,297 cases of COVID-19 of which 1,137 have recovered.
In an interview with URN, Dr. Joyce Balagadde kambugu who heads the childhood cancers department at the UCI said after the study which is currently recruiting participants ends around August next year, they will have a hint on why the country still has more than 50% of children who get cancer die yet the disease is highly curable among children elsewhere.