WEEKLY HEALTH NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

WEEKLY HEALTH NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

HEPS Uganda Takes Snakebite Campaign to the Queens

HEPS Uganda in partnership with Snakes Uganda, Uganda reptiles village, Miss Tourism Foundation on Friday, October 1st, 2021, held a sensitization session for the Queens on snakebites. 

The session at the Uganda Reptiles Village- Entebbe, aimed at creating awareness of the snakebite challenge in the country as well as on the best first aid practices in case of a snakebite. https://www.heps.or.ug/news/heps-uganda-takes-snakebite-campaign-queens

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Uganda to move off UK's COVID-19 red list on October 11

New Vision; By Henry Sekanjako

Uganda will on Monday, October 11, move off the red list of countries whose nationals had been banned from traveling to London, by the UK administration. The United Kingdom (UK) in June, added Uganda to its travel ban red list, to prevent the spread of new Covid-19 variants.

 https://www.newvision.co.ug/articledetails/116728/uganda-to-move-off-uks-covid-19-red-list-on-o

 

Pfizer asks for US authorization of Covid vaccine for ages 5-11

By New Vision

US drugmaker Pfizer said Thursday it has formally requested emergency use authorization for its Covid-19 vaccine in children age five to 11.

Children have been infected in greater numbers in the latest coronavirus wave driven by the Delta variant, and inoculating young people is seen as key to keeping schools open and helping end the pandemic.

https://www.newvision.co.ug/articledetails/116682/pfizer-asks-for-us-authorization-of-covid-vac

Researchers add beans, potatoes to pancakes to boost child nutrition

By Daily Monitor

Ever thought of a kabalagala (pancake) made with beans and potatoes? Yes, ripe bananas, cassava, potato and bean flour all put together. It could actually be what your child needs to escape poor growth, blindness, or death as a result of key nutritional deficiencies.

https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/magazines/healthy-living/researchers-add-beans-potatoes-to-pancakes-to-boost-child-nutrition-3571770

Uganda receives 196,000 doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine

By The Independent

Uganda has received 196,800 doses of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. This is the first batch of the nine million doses of the single-shot vaccine procured by the government.

https://www.independent.co.ug/uganda-receives-196000-doses-of-johnson-and-johnson-vaccine/

Union to mobilize nurses to strike over Covid-19 allowances

By The Independent

The Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union-UNMU has threatened to mobilize nurses involved in the COVID-19 vaccination exercise to lay down their tools unless they are paid their allowances.

https://www.independent.co.ug/union-to-mobilize-nurses-to-strike-over-covid-19-allowances/

WHO, UN set out steps to meet world COVID vaccination targets

Working with COVAX, African Vaccine Acquisition Trust, and other partners – the world can and must meet WHO targets to vaccinate 40% of the population of all countries by the end-2021  and 70% by mid-2022. https://www.who.int/news/item/07-10-2021-who-un-set-out-steps-to-meet-world-covid-vaccination-targets

Joint Medical Store Sets Up a Million Dollar Medical Oxygen Plant

By Health Journalists Network in Uganda

The Joint Medical Store (JMS) is setting up a medical oxygen plant with the capacity to manufacture up to 150 cylinders per hour.

http://hejnu.ug/joint-medical-store-sets-up-a-million-dollar-medical-oxygen-plant/

Health Ministry to consider asking newly vaccinated to avoid working out

By The Jerusalem Post

Individuals vaccinated with the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine may be asked to avoid strenuous exercise and other physical activity for one week after receiving each dose due to cases of myocarditis that were detected in a small percentage of vaccinated people.

https://www.jpost.com/health-and-wellness/health-ministry-to-consider-asking-newly-vaccinated-to-avoid-working-out-681317

 After 30 years’ search, the world gets first-ever malaria vaccine

By the East African

The incredible work by the Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) and contribution by children in Kericho, Kisumu, and Kilifi have finally paid off, giving the world its first-ever malaria vaccine.

https://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/tea/science-health/world-welcomes-first-ever-malaria-vaccine-3575380

Tanzania pledges to release Covid-19 numbers weekly

By The East African

Tanzania has announced that it will publish Covid-19 statistics on a weekly basis.

Tanzania last submitted its last report on the virus to the World Health Organization (WHO) on January 3, 2021, when the country indicated there were 25,846 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 719 deaths. https://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/tea/news/east-africa/tanzania-pledges-to-release-covid-19-numbers-weekly-3574984