WEEKLY HEALTH NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

Ebola: Don’t repeat COVID mistakes

With news of Uganda announcing a three-week lockdown in two districts and the first Ebola death in Kampala — the capital city of over 3 million living in close proximity — it’s time the world wakes up to the threat of this latest outbreak.

https://www.independent.co.ug/ebola-dont-repeat-covid-mistakes/  

‘This over-the-counter drug almost killed me

People should avoid buying and taking drugs such as Diclofenac, Omeprazole, and hypertension drugs from local chemists as the drugs pose a danger to the patient's health.

https://nation.africa/kenya/health/-this-over-the-counter-drug-almost-killed-me--3997514

Alzheimer’s disease: Causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

Alzheimer's disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disease characterized by the destruction and loss of function of brain cells.

https://nation.africa/kenya/health/expert-corner/alzheimer-s-disease-causes-symptoms-diagnosis-and-treatment-3956652

WHO releases first-ever list of health-threatening fungi

The WHO fungal priority pathogens list (FPPL) is the first global effort to systematically prioritize fungal pathogens, considering the unmet research and development (R&D) needs and the perceived public health importance.  

https://www.who.int/news/item/25-10-2022-who-releases-first-ever-list-of-health-threatening-fungi

EBOLA: No school visitation, parties during UNEB exams

The Ministry of Education and Sports has canceled all school visitation days and leavers' parties in the next one month, as students sit their PLE, UCE, and UACE Uganda national end-of-year exams.

https://www.independent.co.ug/ebola-no-school-visitation-leavers-parties-during-uneb-exams/

G20 members launch a call to action on tuberculosis

Health ministers of the Group of 20 (G20) members launched a “Call to Action on Financing for Tuberculosis Response” to tackle the second leading cause of death from infectious diseases after COVID-19.

 https://www.independent.co.ug/g20-members-launch-call-to-action-on-tuberculosis/

COVID-19 still int’l health emergency: WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday that COVID-19 is still a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), the WHO’s highest alert level.

 https://www.independent.co.ug/covid-19-still-intl-health-emergency-who/

Almost 14.8 mln US children suddenly infected with COVID-19

 Almost 14.8 million children in the United States have tested positive for COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic, according to the latest report by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Children’s Hospital Association.

https://www.independent.co.ug/almost-14-8-mln-us-children-suddenly-infected-with-covid-19/

Revealed: At least 30,000 children die from diarrheal diseases yearly

Diarrhea can last several days and leave the body without the water and salts necessary for survival.

https://nation.africa/kenya/health/revealed-at-least-30-000-children-die-from-diarrheal-diseases-yearly--4001248

Why People Drink

 A new study suggests that there may be a genetic basis to drinking motives that links them to alcohol consumption and alcohol use disorder.

https://www.independent.co.ug/why-people-drink/