Uganda’s economic woes do not seem like they are about to end if the ongoing drought in some parts of the country continues
By Mark Keith Muhumuza
The relief items that are being sold by the refugees in local markets include among others carpets, blankets, farm tools, mosquito nets, water containers, solar-power lamps.
By FELIX WAROM OKELLO & ROBERT ELEMA
YUMBE- Several markets in West Nile are flooded with relief items that have being sold by South Sudan refugees to market vendors who resell them.
The relief items were distributed by relief agencies like the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).
By Alfred Tumushabe & Rajab Mukombozi
Livestock in Isingiro and Kiruhura districts are dying due to starvation following prolonged drought in the area.
The two neigbouring districts have traditionally been hit by drought, but Dr Bruhan Kasozi, the Isingiro veterinary officer, on Tuesday said the scarcity of water and pasture he has witnessed was the worst in the 17 years he has worked in the area.
The area has not received any substantial rainfall since April.
Buliisa. A storm has hit Buliisa District leaving at least 10 people dead and hundreds homeless. According to eye witnesses, the storm followed a heavy down pour that started at about 1am, ravaging the area up to the wee hours of Tuesday.
Kaabong- Families in Kaabong District in Karamoja sub-region are facing starvation with 11 people reported dead due to hunger in the last one month.
According to Mr Samson Lokeris, the Dodoth East MP, the 11 people died in Kathile, Lodike, Lolelia and Loyoro sub-counties.
Mr Lokeris, who also doubles as chairman for Karamoja parliamentary group, attributed the hunger to the prolonged drought that has dried up water sources.
By David Mafabi
Uganda Red Cross Society will implement the project in five districts.
In bid to reduce the impact of storms, floods and droughts in north eastern Uganda due to climate change, the Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) has started climate mitigation lessons in communities.
By MARTIN OKUDI
In Summary: A community of 1,000 shares a school borehole.
At least 200 households in four villages of Central I and II in Adjumani Town Council continue to grapple with a severe water crisis as the only borehole in the vicinity is shared by over 1,000 residents.
With the new school term just around the corner, residents are worried that water from the borehole at Adjumani Central Primary School, which is also shared with about 1,200 pupils, teachers and non-teaching staff, will not be sufficient.
By SIMON PETER EMWAMU
In Summary: Call for action: Touring the district at the weekend, the State Minister for Teso Affairs demanded that the government embarks on mass vaccination against the disease, which has been ignored since 2009.
The State Minister for Teso Affairs, Ms Christine Amongin, has asked the government to start a massive vaccination against Hepatitis B, a disease that has claimed several lives in the region since 2009.
By Stephen Otage
Health: The report blames foreign aid as the major blame to government’s laxity.
Uganda’s immunisation coverage remains low compared to other East African countries, with experts now calling for a better plan to address the gap.
A report by the advisory committee on vaccines and immunisation of the Uganda National Academy of Science (UNAS) shows that in the 1990s, Uganda had one of the most successful immunisation programmes in East and sub- Saharan Africa.
By Perez Rumanzi
The affected families are staying in a school and a health centre as they wait for government aid.
At least 500 residents in Rwenshama Fishing Village in Bwambara Sub-county, Rukungiri District have been displaced by floods from Lake Edward.
More than 200 families have been displaced since December and water movement triggered by violent waves on the lake were still forcing more to relocate by last week, according to local authorities.
By MARTIN OKUDI & FELIX WAROM OKELLO
In Summary - The structure for the nurse’s training school was established in 1957 but was abandoned in 1972 after commissioning of Moyo hospital.
Health workers in the Madi sub-region have asked government to consider the need for setting up a nursing training school in Moyo District.
LUWEERO authorities are on high alert following the death of two members of the same family due to the deadly hemorraghic Ebola fever in Nyimbwa sub-county over the last few days.
This latest incidence happened in Sombwe Parish about 40km north of Kampala. Joseph Okware, the Luwero District Health Officer Wednesday confirmed that the dead are members of the same family. He said Gladys Namakula and Rehemah Najjemba of Kikyusa village died and were buried on 10th and 12th respectively.
By Nicholas Kalungi & Dan Wandera, Ronald Tumusiime, Sarah Tumwebaze & Stephen Otage (email the author)
Posted Monday, August 6 2012 at 01:00
The Ministry of Health yesterday said the country is not yet free from Ebola and asked the public to adhere to the recommended preventive measures in order to safe guard against the deadly disease, which has so far claimed 16 lives and dozens admitted to hospitals.
By David Mafab
The Minister of State for Disaster Preparedness has asked development partners and the Bududa District authorities to give accountability for funds spent on landslide victims.
Mr Musa Ecweru, who was meeting the district leaders recently to officially communicate government decision to relocate the landslide victims to Kiryandongo, said: "After the resettlement matter has been concluded, there will be a debrief involving all partners who participated in the …
By David Mafabi, Uwera Runyambo & Robert Muhereza
Posted Tuesday, May 18 2010 at 00:00
Humanitarian agencies were by yesterday still trying to cope with multiple centres of urgent need as a new wave of landslides and floods in various districts rendered at least 1,500 people homeless. The quest for help ran from Mbale, Sironko and Tororo in eastern Uganda to Kabale and Kanungu in western Uganda.
Members the Teso Parliamentary Group want government to declare a state of emergency in the North and Eastern parts of the country over the stinging famine that is claiming people's lives.
The Members of Parliament say that the government lacks adequate capacity to handle the situation that has in the past months, killed at least 35 people in Teso alone and is threatening thousands of lives in almost half of the districts in the country.
The chairperson of the Teso Parliamentary Group Amuriat Obbo says it is time government admitted that it is overwhelmed by situation and sought …
Kampala - Food aid being given to famine stricken areas by the government is not addressing the problem, Terego County MP Kassiano Wadri has said.
Mr Wadri, a member of the parliamentary committee on agriculture, that has compiled a report on the extent of famine in the country, said: "There is severe hunger in many parts of the country and the situation remains very grave. "This relief is not addressing the problem because you cannot give one mug of maize flour and beans to a family of 10 to 15 people.
Kampala - Several parts of the country face flooding caused by torrential rains that are expected within the next three months, the metrological department has warned.
The Commissioner for Meteorology, Mr S. A.
Felix Okello Warom
Arua - Several boarding primary and secondary schools in Arua District may be forced to end the second academic term prematurely due to the food crisis, education authorities have said.
The District Education Officer, Mr Nicholas Tembo, told Daily Monitor in an interview on Friday that head teachers have been directed to submit weekly reports on food status. This, Mr Tembo said, is to enable proper planning for food.
"It is true that the schools are also hit, but we don't want to be caught unaware.
This week will mark the 14th anniversary of the fall of the second UPC government. Mr Milton Obote's second regime entered terminal shutdown in 1983 after the assassination of Maj. Gen. David Oyite Ojok and his replacement with Smith Opon Acak.