According to Ministry of Health records, 107 people were vaccinated in Ntoroko district and 524 in Kasese district as of November 17, 2018. Next week the vaccination exercise will start in Bundibugyo district. A total of 3,000 health workers will be vaccinated in the country.
The vaccine rVSV-ZEBOV is the first highly effective Ebola vaccine since the first outbreak of the disease more than 40 years ago. Created by the Public Health Agency of Canada in 2003, the vaccine was shown to be 100 percent effective in monkeys. But it sat on a shelf for decades because of a lack of pharmaceutical company interest until it was licensed to Merck.
The EU statement says the European Union is reinforcing preparedness in Uganda because there is a real risk of Ebola spreading to Uganda due to intense cross-border movements between the two neighbouring countries.
According to the Health Ministry, the funds will be used to implement a number of preventive methods including the procurement of permanent walk through scanners, surveillance in high risk districts, case management control, facilitate health workers in the high risk districts and vaccination if needed.
Three cases of suicide have already been recorded in Lagoro Sub County in less than a month. The three were found dead after they hanged themselves at different intervals. .The trend is causing grief and heartache among local residents and authorities.
Tobacco products in Uganda are said to be lowly priced in comparison to other basic household items. The EPRC study notes that overall, the tax changes in Uganda have been driven by the need to raise additional tax revenues rather than by health concerns.
Statistics also indicate that presently, about 72 percent of the Ugandan population live within five kilometres of a health facility and that only 13.4 percent of health facilities carry out scheduled maintenance of medical equipment.
The Ministry of Health has cautioned healthcare providers against duping unsuspecting Ugandans into receiving more than one dose of yellow fever vaccination. On July 11, 2016, the World Health Organisation WHO put into force the amendments to International Health Regulations on yellow fever. This means one no longer needs booster vaccinations after ten years as was the case before.
Medical professionals have linked genes present in men as one of the high risk factors that can lead to pre-eclampsia in women. Pre-eclampsia is a condition that pregnant mothers suffer from that develops in the second half of pregnancy, around 20 weeks or soon after a baby is delivered. It is characterised by high blood pressure, oedema or swelling of the body and having protein in urine.
Prof. Francis Omaswa, the Executive Director ACHEST said the government of Uganda was losing a lot of money due to the brain drain of health workers. According to Prof Omaswa, government is spending money to train medical practitioners and yet not reaping from their acquired skills.
Jolly Rubambarama, a senior nursing officer at Mulago Hospital is concerned that often, professionals that should primarily work with infants, are deployed in general wards and not utilized on pediatric cases, a trend which results into wastage of resources and fuels child mortality.
A new study has linked outdoor air pollution to premature births especially in low incomes countries like Uganda. The study names Kampala among the top ten cities in Africa with high fine particulate matter microgens per cubic metre. The World Health Organisation ranks Uganda 13th out of 184 countries for highest number of babies born prematurely and 11th for number of deaths due to complications from preterm births.
Health Ministry and the donor disagree over the package for implement safe medical circumcision. Circumcision rates have gone down since the tetanus was introduced as a package. Health Ministry concerned about the government cost of extra tetenus vaccines for men.
At least 90 women in Kitgum district have tested positive for cervical cancer in a week of health camp organized at the district headquarters last week. Dr. Akena Geoffrey, who coordinated the health camp, said that of 200 women tested during the week, 15 tested positive for various stages of the disease. A similar health camp conducted last year found 74 women positive out of over 1,000 who showed up for screening.