WEEKLY HEALTH NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

Mother fetching water to raise Shs2m for her child’s surgery

Daily Monitor; By Fred Muzaale.

For one month now, Ms. Resty Nakawuka, a resident of Lusanja Village in Katikamu Sub-county, Luweero District, has been fetching water for area residents at a cost, in order to raise Shs2m to pay for her child’s operation. She earns about Shs3,500 per day and she has so far raised Shs52,000. Ms. Nakawuka’s child, Margaret Namwanga, was born without genitalia.

https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/news/national/mother-fetching-water-to-raise-shs2m-for-her-child-s-surgery-3567986

Stigma is the main cause of unsafe abortions

Daily Monitor; By Shabibah Nakirigya. 

 

Abortion in Uganda is still illegal unless performed by a licensed medical doctor and in a situation where the woman’s life is deemed to be at risk.
As the world marked the International Safe Abortion Day slated for Tuesday, September 28, health activists admit the continuous existence of the problem, calling for the urgent need to fight the vice especially among young girls and vulnerable women.

https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/magazines/healthy-living/stigma-is-the-main-cause-of-unsafe-abortions-3564368

 

New WHO air quality rules pile pressure on Kampala

By The Independent 

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued new Air Quality Guidelines (AQGs) for countries that are adjusted downwards and WHO warns that exceeding them could lead to significant risks to health. At the same time, however, adhering to them could protect the health of populations and save millions of lives. 

https://www.independent.co.ug/new-who-air-quality-rules-pile-pressure-on-kampala/ 


 

Over 3,000 children miss measles, DPT vaccines in Kaberamaido

By The Independent 

At least 3,015 children below two years of age have missed out on the routine immunization in the Kaberamaido district because of the failure of their parents to trek long distances to the immunization centers. 

https://www.independent.co.ug/over-3000-children-miss-measles-dpt-vaccines-in-kaberamaido/ 


 

Ending TB appears elusive amid COVID-19 pandemic, funding shortfall: experts

 By The Independent 

The target of eliminating tuberculosis by 2030 appears elusive amid hiccups linked to the COVID-19 pandemic and dwindling financial allocation by governments and multilateral lenders, health experts said at a virtual forum on Tuesday.

https://www.independent.co.ug/ending-tb-appears-elusive-amid-covid-19-pandemic-funding-shortfall-experts/ 

 

Covid antiviral pill can halve the risk of hospitalization

By BBC 

 

An experimental drug for severe Covid cuts the risk of hospitalization or death by about half, interim clinical trial results suggest.

The tablet - molnupiravir - was given twice a day to patients recently diagnosed with the disease.

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-58764440 

 

CDC Calls for Increased Covid-19 vaccination Among Pregnant Women

By Centre for Disease Control. 

The CDC health advisory strongly recommends COVID-19 vaccination either before or during pregnancy because the benefits of vaccination for both pregnant persons and their fetus or infant outweigh known or potential risks. 

https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s0929-pregnancy-health-advisory.html 

 

Covid-19 vaccinations: More than 50 nations have missed a target set by the WHO

By BBC. 

More than 50 countries have missed the World Health Organization's (WHO) target for 10% of their populations to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 by the end of September.

https://www.bbc.com/news/56100076 

PSV Drivers Need More Training to Avoid Accidents

New Vision; By Umar Nsubuga

In Uganda today, accidents are one of the leading causes of deaths, competing with HIV/AIDS and malaria, making Uganda's road network one of the most unsafe in the world. Hospitals in Uganda are overwhelmed by the number of accident victims especially motorcyclists. Up to 200 victims are believed to be admitted on daily basis in national hospitals alone.

https://www.newvision.co.ug/articledetails/116222/psv-drivers-need-more-training-to-avoid-accid 

 

 

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