WEEKLY HEALTH NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

WHO recommends highly successful COVID-19 therapy and calls for wide geographical distribution and transparency from the originator

By WHO; 

WHO made a strong recommendation for nirmatrelvir and ritonavir, sold under the name Paxlovid, for mild and moderate COVID-19 patients at the highest risk of hospital admission, calling it the best therapeutic choice for high-risk patients to date.

https://www.who.int/news/item/22-04-2022-who-recommends-highly-successful-covid-19-therapy-and-calls-for-wide-geographical-distribution-and-transparency-from-originator 

Only 29% of hospitalized COVID patients were fully well one year on - study

By Daily Monitor; 

Not even one in four people have completely recovered from Covid a full year after being hospitalized with the disease, a UK study indicated Sunday, warning that long Covid could become a common condition.

https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/news/world/only-29-hospitalised-covid-patients-fully-well-one-year-on-study-3792674 

The longest COVID infection lasted more than 16 months, tests show

By BBC; 

UK doctors believe they have documented the longest Covid infection on record - a patient they treated who had detectable levels of the virus for more than 16 months, or 505 days, in total. 

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-61173945 

Hepatitis cases detected in children in Europe and the US

By BBC; 

Health officials say they are now investigating unexplained cases of hepatitis in children in four European countries and the US.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-61157909

111 theatres at Health Centre IVs not operational

By New Vision;

A total of 111 theatres at HCIVs have remained non-functional due to a lack of funds to operationalize them. 

https://www.newvision.co.ug/articledetails/132248/111-theatres-at-health-centre-ivs-not-operati 

Unvaccinated pregnant women at risk of stillbirths

By Daily Monitor; 

A study of pregnancies complicated by Covid-19 infection identified placental abnormalities, suggesting that inflammation might occur with maternal Covid-19 infection. A high concentration of the Covid-19 virus in the mother’s blood makes it more likely to cause stillbirths.

https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/magazines/full-woman/unvaccinated-pregnant-women-risk-of-stillbirths-3791374

UVRI to investigate low Covid-19 cases

The Uganda Virus Research Institute has started a study to investigate why the country and some of its neighbors are reporting low COVID-19 cases.

https://www.independent.co.ug/uvri-to-investigate-low-covid-19-cases/ 

Why more Kenyan men are shooting blanks

By Daily Monitor;  

Experts say a third of today’s infertility cases arise from male factors and in Kenya, sperm quality and volumes are fast dwindling 

https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/magazines/healthy-living/waning-potency-how-kenya-s-male-fertility-is-tailing-off--3787586 

Johnson & Johnson cuts forecasts, suspends COVID vaccine sales guidance

By The Independent; 

Johnson & Johnson expects to report 94.8 billion to 95.8 billion U.S. dollars of sales in 2022, lower than a projection of 95.9 billion to 96.9 billion dollars made in January 

https://www.independent.co.ug/johnson-johnson-cuts-forecasts-suspends-covid-vaccine-sales-guidance/ 

WHO approves single-dose cervical cancer jab

By The East African; 

The World Health Organization (WHO) has approved the use of single human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine dose, saying, it’s highly effective in preventing the virus that causes cervical cancer. 

https://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/tea/science-health/single-dose-cervical-cancer-jab-gets-nod-3781806