WEEKLY HEALTH NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

Urgent need for vaccine to prevent deadly Group B streptococcus

By WHO

A new report from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) reveals the alarming global impact of Group B streptococcus (GBS) – a common bacterium that can be transmitted in the womb, during birth, or in the early weeks of life – leading to around 150,000 deaths of babies each year, more than half a million preterm births and significant long-term disability

https://www.who.int/news/item/02-11-2021-urgent-need-for-vaccine-to-prevent-deadly-group-b-streptococcus 

 

Larvicides boost malaria fight in Kabale

New Vision; By Job Apuli. 

The larvicide approach in controlling malaria has reduced the spread and prevalence of the disease in the districts of Rubanda and Kabale in Kigezi sub-region, health authorities have said.

https://www.newvision.co.ug/articledetails/119111/larvicides-boost-malaria-fight-in-kabale 

 

Govt moves to regulate charges for Covid treatment

Daily Monitor, November 05, 2021; By Anthony Wesaka.

 

The Minister of Health, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, has said her ministry is in the final stages of creating harmonised and affordable medical bills for treatment of Covid-19 patients.

https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/news/national/govt-moves-to-regulate-charges-for-covid-treatment-3609114 

 

Minister Musenero asked to explain alleged misuse of Covid-19 vaccine development funds

The Independent

 

The Deputy Speaker of Parliament Anita Among has directed the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr Monica Musenero, to present a report on the status of the Covid-19 vaccine development. 

https://www.independent.co.ug/minister-musenero-asked-to-explain-alleged-misuse-of-covid-19-vaccine-development-funds/ 

 

3.5m Ugandans now vaccinated against Covid

Daily Monitor 

 

The country is likely to be fully opened at the end of this month if  government hits the 4.8 million target of vulnerable Ugandans who should be vaccinated against Covid-19, the Ministry of Health has  said.

https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/news/national/3-5m-ugandans-now-vaccinated-against-covid-3609092 

 

 

Health ministry probes detention of deportees for failure to pay for Covid-19 test

The Independent.

 

The Ministry of Health is investigating why 43 Ugandans who were deported from Saudi Arabia on Wednesday were detained at Entebbe International Airport for failing to pay for COVID-19 tests.

https://www.independent.co.ug/health-ministry-probes-detention-of-deportees-for-failure-to-pay-for-covid-19-test/ 

Can Recycling Save Victoria from Plastic Pollution?

InfoNile 

 

Wetlands play a crucial role in purifying the water in the lake and run-off by filtering it. But most of those surrounding Lake Victoria — especially on the Uganda side, have been opened up for farming and settlements.

https://www.infonile.org/en/2021/11/can-recycling-save-victoria-of-plastic-pollution/ 

 

Covid: Pfizer says antiviral pill 89% effective in high-risk cases

BBC.

A pill to treat Covid developed by the US company Pfizer cuts the risk of hospitalisation or death by 89% in vulnerable adults, clinical trial results suggest. 

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-59178291 

 

Covid-19 deaths pass five million worldwide

BBC .

More than five million people are known to have died of Covid-19 worldwide, 19 months since the pandemic began, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Vaccines have slowed the death rate, but some health experts say the true toll could be far higher.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-59119731 

 

CAO orders mandatory Covid-19 vaccination for job applicants in Pader

The Independent .

 

 Persons shortlisted for jobs in Pader district will not be interviewed if they do not present proof of vaccination against COVID-19. This is in line with a directive issued to the District Service Commission by the Chief Administrative Officer Alex Chelimo.

https://www.independent.co.ug/cao-orders-mandatory-covid-19-vaccination-for-job-applicants-in-pader/ 

 

Secondary education will help end AIDS in Africa ― Byanyima

New Vision

The executive director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Winnie Byanyima, has said secondary education will help end AIDS in Africa.

https://www.newvision.co.ug/articledetails/119118 

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