WEEKLY HEALTH NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

26 Sep, 2022

Organizations launch campaign to fight tetanus

“On July 27, a mother lost two children aged 13 and 15 to tetanus at Kibuli Hospital. The two stepped on broken glass while playing,” Mr. Mwehonge said. He added: “Due to less awareness about the disease and the required booster jabs, the family members first suspected witchcraft when symptoms started manifesting. By the time they took them to the hospital, it was too late. The second child died minutes after the burial of his sibling.” https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/news/national/organisations-launch-campaign-to-fight-tetanus-3953546

Ebola spreads to more areas

Confirmed and suspected cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) have been reported in Kampala, Kisoro, Kakumiro, Mubende, and Kyegegwa districts as the disease spreads, information from the response team indicates.

https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/news/national/ebola-spreads-to-more-areas-3960842

New technique may aid early detection of breast cancer: Study

Breast cancer has the highest incidence among all cancers, with over 2.2 million cases reported globally in 2020.

https://nation.africa/kenya/health/new-technique-may-aid-early-detection-of-breast-cancer-study-3959350

UN: Covid-19, unequal recovery cost 3 years’ worth of development progress

The COVID-19 pandemic and an unequal recovery have cost the world three years of development progress, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says.

https://www.independent.co.ug/un-covid-19-unequal-recovery-cost-3-years-worth-of-development-progress/

How to identify allergy headaches

Allergies are a huge problem for many people. For many, the symptoms are mild and manageable. But for others, allergies can lead to various health problems, including asthma, eczema, and sinus headaches. Sinus headaches are among the most common types of allergy headaches.

 https://nation.africa/kenya/health/women-s-health/how-to-identify-allergy-headaches-3958020

Ebola Virus outbreak

The latest outbreak is the sixth since the turn of the millennium but this particular strain is the first in a decade. Uganda last reported an outbreak of Sudan ebolavirus in 2012. However, the last Ebola outbreak was registered in 2019 following a spillover from the neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo which at the time was battling a large epidemic of the Zaire ebolavirus in its northeastern region.

https://www.independent.co.ug/ebola-virus-outbreak/

Covid-19 pandemic is over in the US - Joe Biden

President Joe Biden has declared the pandemic over in the US, even as the number of Americans who have died from Covid continues to rise.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-62959089

WHO warns against COVID-19 complacency, urges for life-saving action

“(COVID-19) pandemic is not over, but the end is in sight … Being able to see the end does not mean we are at the end,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus reiterated at a press briefing.

https://www.independent.co.ug/who-warns-against-covid-19-complacency-urges-for-life-saving-action/

Shs26b ring-fenced for zoonotic diseases

Scientists have committed at least Shs26b (€7m) to arrest largely neglected but fast-growing lethal diseases in animals and humans in Uganda.

https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/news/national/shs26b-ring-fenced-for-zoonotic-diseases-3960892

Heads of State commit to Noncommunicable Disease Global Compact to save 50 million lives by 2030

To accelerate action Dr. Tedros renewed the two-year appointment of Michael R. Bloomberg as WHO Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases and Injuries. This is Bloomberg’s third reappointment as Ambassador, having first been appointed to the role in 2016.

https://www.who.int/news/item/21-09-2022-heads-of-state-commit-to-noncommunicable-disease-global-compact-to-save-50-million-lives-by-2030