WEEKLY HEALTH NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

Govt takes COVID-19 fight to schools

By the Independent; 

“The children are going to be vaccinated because they can fall sick and spread the disease so there are benefits of vaccinating that age group,” Dr. Kyabayinze said on May 4 in Kampala during a media briefing on the Vaccine Advocacy Accelerator-Uganda (VAX-Uganda) project which is aimed at accelerating the fair and equitable distribution of vaccines in Uganda.

https://www.independent.co.ug/govt-takes-covid-19-fight-to-schools/ 

Oxygen production at Kayunga Regional Referral Hospital increased

By New Vision; 

Globally and in Uganda, oxygen demand increased during the Covid-19 pandemic, far exceeding the capacity of the oxygen produced by many referral hospitals. 

https://www.newvision.co.ug/articledetails/133410 

Hepatitis B vaccination at birth helps fight life-threatening liver infection

By Daily Monitor; 

Uganda has no HepB BD as yet — the Uganda National Immunisation Technical Advisory Group approved its introduction in April 2022,

https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/magazines/healthy-living/hepatitis-b-vaccination-at-birth-helps-fight-life-threatening-liver-infection-3804226 

Uganda: 12 killed daily in road traffic accidents in the past month

By the Independent; 

Traffic police statistics show 118 people were killed in road crashes between April 24 and May 4th. This translate into 12 people or more losing their lives every day. 

https://www.independent.co.ug/uganda-12-killed-daily-in-road-traffic-accidents-in-past-month/

Covid in Africa: Why the continent's only vaccine plant is struggling

By BBC; 

The global organizations that buy Covid vaccines for poorer countries "need to step up" and order doses from Africa's only Covid vaccine maker in order to save the production line, the company's senior executive told the BBC. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-61347091 

First Lady links teen pregnancies to rampant incest

By Daily Monitor; 

The Minister of Education, Ms. Janet Museveni, has said the government is launching a national campaign to expose defilers and those responsible for teenage pregnancies so as to protect girls from sexual abuse.

https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/news/national/first-lady-links-teen-pregnancies-to-rampant-incest-3806256

WHO announces new regimen cutting TB treatment to six months

By the East African; 

For the first time, patients with drug-resistant tuberculosis will be treated over six months with an all-oral regimen, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said. 

https://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/tea/science-health/new-regimen-tb-treatment-3806044

Low uptake of Hepatitis B vaccines, screening in Masaka

By the Independent; 

Hepatitis B screening and vaccination service providers have registered a low uptake in the Masaka district.

https://www.independent.co.ug/low-uptake-of-hepatitis-b-vaccines-screening-in-masaka/ 

Covid: World’s true pandemic death toll nearly 15 million, says WHO

By BBC;

The Covid pandemic has caused the deaths of nearly 15 million people around the world, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates.

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-61327778