WEEKLY HEALTH NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

Delta still dominates say experts urging the third jab

By New Vision. 

No one knows how effective vaccines will be in stopping people from catching the newly discovered and fast-spreading Omicron variant of Covid-19 or how well they will protect against severe illness.

Lab tests are underway to determine vaccine efficacy against Omicron with results expected within weeks. 

https://www.newvision.co.ug/articledetails/121512/delta-still-dominates-say-experts-urging-thir 

Uganda receives 3m doses of J&J vaccines from Germany

By Daily Monitor. 

The Germany Ambassador to Uganda Matthias Schauer Botschafter, who handed over the vaccines indicated that an additional 2.4 million doses of the same vaccine would arrive on December 9, 2021. 

https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/news/national/uganda-receives-3m-doses-of-j-j-vaccines-from-germany-3642092

Belgian zoo hippos test positive for Covid

By BBC.

A Belgian zoo has said that its two hippopotamuses have been taken into quarantine after testing positive for coronavirus.

It is unclear how Imani, aged 14, and Hermien, 41, caught the virus, Antwerp Zoo said, adding the animals were doing well - apart from having runny noses.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-59516896 

 

Tanzania suspends 114 health laboratories over poor performance

By the Independent.  

The 114 laboratories across the country have been suspended pending their improvement that will enable them to deliver high standard services,” said Dominic Fwiling’afu, the registrar of the Private Health Laboratories Board.

https://www.independent.co.ug/tanzania-suspends-114-health-laboratories-over-poor-performance/ 

 

Kasangaki on the frontline to curb HIV spread

By Daily Monitor

Against all odds. Editor  Kasangaki was raped and she contracted HIV at the age of 10. This did not put her down but rather gave her reason to move on and help others 

https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/magazines/life/kasangaki-on-frontline-to-curb-hiv-spread-3642098 

 

J&J Covid-19 vaccines are reserved for hard to reach areas

The Independent

The Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 single-dose vaccine has been reported to be compatible with standard vaccine storage and distribution channels with ease of delivery to remote areas and can be transported using the same cold chain technologies used to transport treatments for cancer, immunological disorders, and other medicines

https://www.independent.co.ug/jj-covid-19-vaccines-reserved-for-hard-to-reach-areas/ 

 

Why your teeth are turning yellow

By Daily Monitor. 

There are many things that can cause your teeth to become yellowed or discolored. Tobacco use is one of the most common, as this can stain teeth very easily.

https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/magazines/healthy-living/why-your-teeth-are-turning-yellow-3634970 

 

A Ugandan city powered by solar welcomes COP26 agenda to speed up affordable cleantech

By InfoNile. 

A city in southwestern Uganda has welcomed the new Glasgow Breakthrough Agenda that over 35 world leaders signed at the UN summit on climate change in Glasgow to see countries and businesses work together to dramatically scale and speed up the development and deployment of clean technologies and drive down costs this decade. 

https://www.infonile.org/en/2021/12/a-ugandan-city-powered-by-solar-welcomes-cop26-agenda-to-speed-up-affordable-cleantech/ 

 

PWDs demand improved access to reproductive health services

By the Independent. 

Persons with Disabilities in Bundibugyo and Kasese districts have asked policymakers to enact laws that will ease their access to reproductive health services. They specifically want a house-to-house delivery of family planning services to households accommodating PWDs. 

https://www.independent.co.ug/pwds-demand-improved-access-to-reproductive-health-services/ 

UK approves another antibody treatment for Covid

By BBC

The UK has approved another antibody treatment for people with Covid that cuts the risk of severe illness. It's called sotrovimab, and scientists say preliminary checks suggest it should work well even against new variants such as Omicron.

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-59502745 

 

The emergence of Omicron vindicates China’s approach on COVID-19 prevention: Bloomberg

By the Independent.  

“China has prioritized weeding out every last infection, saying the health of the population is its main priority — and economic benefits will follow,” says a report. 

https://www.independent.co.ug/emergence-of-omicron-vindicates-chinas-approach-on-covid-19-prevention-bloomberg/ 

 

More Ugandans are beginning to appreciate family planning

By New Vision. 

In the past, some Ugandans struggled to accept family planning methods, but now due to the current economic challenges, they are beginning to appreciate them.

https://www.newvision.co.ug/articledetails/121498/more-ugandans-are-beginning-to-appreciate-fam