WEEKLY HEALTH NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

Woman in Arua delivers outside market

By New Vision;

Lucky Atizuyo who traveled in a pickup to buy a basin and other delivery items for her baby was faced with labor pain before she could access the market.

https://www.newvision.co.ug/articledetails/128327/woman-in-arua-delivers-outside-market 

 

Young males to wait 8 weeks between Covid vaccine doses: experts

By The East African; 

Younger males taking Pfizer and Moderna vaccines should consider waiting longer than four weeks between the first and second doses, this is according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which has changed its advice on spacing the shots to eight weeks

https://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/tea/science-health/young-males-covid-vaccine-doses-3737044 

 

The public warned about rising kidney complications

By Daily Monitor; 

Research shows that this diet plan, which emphasizes vegetables, fruit, low-fat dairy, whole grains, fish, and nuts -- and limits salt, meat, and sweets -- helps lower blood sugar. 

https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/news/national/public-warned-about-rising-kidney-complications-3736816 

 

14M Covid-19 doses at risk of expiry due to low uptake

By Daily Monitor; 

The vaccines are due to expire by May according to National Medical Stores (NMS). The computation excludes the recently received 500,000 doses of vaccines from the United Kingdom or any other vaccines received after February 15 

https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/news/national/14m-covid-19-doses-at-risk-of-expiry-due-to-low-uptake-3735758

 

Another life-saving Covid drug identified

By BBC; 

UK experts say they have found another life-saving drug that can help people ill with Covid.

The anti-inflammatory baricitinib is normally used to treat rheumatoid arthritis.

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-60601750 

 

COVID-19 pandemic triggers 25% increase in prevalence of anxiety and depression worldwide

By WHO; 

Concerns about potential increases in mental health conditions had already prompted 90% of countries surveyed to include mental health and psychosocial support in their COVID-19 response plans, but major gaps and concerns remain 

https://www.who.int/news/item/02-03-2022-covid-19-pandemic-triggers-25-increase-in-prevalence-of-anxiety-and-depression-worldwide 

 

WHO sends team to standardize Uganda's Covid-19 drugs, vaccines

By Daily Monitor;

Dr Monica Musenero, the Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation, said the team which is from the WHO Africa region that jetted in on February 28 on her request will spend 10 days in the country.

https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/news/national/who-sends-team-to-standardise-uganda-s-covid-19-drugs-vaccines-3736680 

 

Obesity rising in Africa - WHO

 By Daily Monitor; 

Africa is facing a growing problem of obesity and overweight, and the trends are rising. This is a ticking time bomb. If unchecked, millions of people, including children, risk living shorter lives under the burden of poor health 

https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/magazines/healthy-living/obesity-rising-in-africa-who-3735614 

 

UNEA 5: World Edges Closer to Ending Plastic Pollution

By InfoNile; 

Accordingly, the Assembly adopted a “resolution on the environmental dimension of a sustainable, resilient and inclusive post-COVID-19 recovery” to strengthen measures to achieve a sustainable, resilient, and inclusive global recovery.

https://www.infonile.org/en/2022/03/unea-5-world-edges-closer-to-ending-plastic-pollution/ 

 

Five health facilities to receive digital mobile X-ray machines

The New Vision;

Five government health facilities in Apac, Mityana, Kyenjojo, Rakai, and Kagadi will each receive one digital mobile X-ray machine to boost their efforts, especially in identifying people with Tuberculosis (TB).

https://www.newvision.co.ug/articledetails/128556/five-health-facilities-to-receive-digital-mob