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19 Dec 2007 description
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By Gerald Tenywa

ELEVEN districts in northern and north-eastern Uganda face imminent famine, threatening the lives of over 1.5 million people. Experts attributed the situation on the floods that ravaged the region late this year and the drought which is expected to strike the region early next year.

The experts also blamed insecurity in Gulu, Pader, Kitgum and Amuru for the famine, saying the people were unable to tend their gardens.

16 Dec 2007 description
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By Vision Reporters

NINETY-ONE percent of the 400 people, who were confined to their homes after having body contact with Ebola victims in Bundibugyo district, did not contract the virus.

"We have cleared 91% of the 415 people we had confined. Laboratory blood samples have shown only 32 positive cases," a Bundibugyo Ebola task force member, Elias Byamungu, said.

11 Dec 2007 description
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The Democratic Republic of Congo has closed its border with Uganda in Bundibugyo because of the outbreak of Ebola in the area.

11 Dec 2007 description
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THE is no Ebola outside of Bundibugyo district, the health ministry said yesterday. Suspected cases in 10 other districts, including Kasese and Kabarole, were not Ebola according to the test results, health state minister Dr. Emmanuel Otaala and the head of Health Services, Dr. Sam Zaramba told journalists in Kampala.

However, 60% of patients tested for Ebola in Bundibugyo were positive, Otaala added.

Although the death toll has climbed to 30 and the infection to 116 cases, all in Bundibugyo, Otaala and Zaramba said the outbreak seemed to have peaked.

10 Dec 2007 description
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By Vision Reporters

THE Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC) has warned Muslims not to wash bodies of people who die in areas suspected to have Ebola. This is one of the measures to stem the spread of the deadly Ebola haemorrhagic fever outbreak in Bundibugyo district.

The disease is spread through contact with body fluids of an infected person.

The Ministry of Health put the death toll by yesterday at 29 in Bundibugyo and 113 infected. The move by UMSC followed a request by the Ministry of Health to suspend their religious ritual.

09 Dec 2007 description
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By Vision Reporters

TWO more people, including a senior clinical officer, died of Ebola in Bundibugyo yesterday as violence in Kabarole forced the closure of Kichwamba isolation centre.

Asanasio Mate is the fifth health worker to succumb to the deadly virus. He had been admitted at Bundibugyo hospital in a critical condition. Other three medical workers in the same hospital are still fighting for their lives.

The second Ebola victim, who died on Sunday, was an old woman whose identity could not be established by press time.

06 Dec 2007 description
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By Vision Reporters

ABOUT 350 people who have had contact with Ebola victims have been confined to their homes for monitoring in Bundibugyo and Kasese districts. About 253,000 people in the five sub-counties of Bundibugyo district are at risk of contracting the deadly haemorrhagic fever, the World Health Organisation and the Ministry of Health said yesterday.

03 Dec 2007 description
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By Vision Reporters

THIRTEEN-YEAR-OLD Katusabe from Kyenjojo district, who had been admitted at Virika Hospital in Fort Portal with suspected Ebola, died yesterday afternoon. If confirmed, his demise would bring to 17 the number of people who have died since the outbreak of the epidemic in August.

The team, that visited Bundibugyo Hospital yesterday, also learnt that four more medical workers were suspected to be infected.

They were among the nine patients treated at one of the two isolation units in the hospital.

02 Dec 2007 description
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By Vision reporters

SIX more people have been confirmed infected with the deadly Ebola virus, health officials said yesterday. This puts the number of infected people at 58, sixteen of whom have died since the outbreak of the deadly disease in August.

The Commissioner for Health Services in the health ministry, Dr. Sam Okware, said the six new cases were admitted at Bundibugyo Hospital after they attended the burial of an Ebola victim. Another two suspected cases were yesterday reported in Fort Portal.

15 Nov 2007 description
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By Geresom Musamali and Moses Mulondo

The floods in northern Uganda are expected to continue for the next few decades if efforts to combat global warming are not strengthened.

"An analysis of Africa's past and future climate showed that the Sahel region, which experienced catastrophic drought for decades until rains returned in the 1990s, could now experience wetter monsoons (seasons) for decades to come," said Dr.

21 Oct 2007 description
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By Herbert Ssempogo

WORKS minister John Nasasira has ordered for the closure of two bridges in eastern Uganda. He said the bridges were death traps. Cheptui, which links Mbale to Kaphorwa and Awoja, which connects Soroti to Kumi, cracked and were submerged during the recent floods that displaced several people.

"People should stop using these bridges or they will die," he told Policemen stationed at the bridge. He advised the people to use alternative routes.

Daring residents and businessmen still cross the bridges despite their precarious state.

17 Oct 2007 description
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By Geresom Musamali

MORE than a half or 58% of the floods victims in Lango, Teso and Karamoja have not been reached with relief aid, two months after the disaster struck.

Els Kocke, the head of recovery operations of the World Food Programme, said relief agencies were still making frantic efforts to reach the victims in far-flung places.

The aim, she added, was to bring the much-needed help to all victims by December.

Kocke was speaking during the World Food Day celebrations at Kibanga Primary School, Kalangala district, on Tuesday.

09 Oct 2007 description
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By Abdulkarim Ssengendo

HEAVY rains on Saturday hit Mwizi sub-county in Mbarara district damaging four schools, 30 houses, a church, parish offices and crops. The sub-county chairman, Vanansi Rurema, said the schools were St. Jude's Bushweere, Kikunda and Kyonyo primary schools and Bushweere United Secondary School.

At St. Judes, six classrooms and a library were damaged. The roofs of some teachers' quarters, school kitchen and store were blown off, he said.

A classroom and staff room at Kikunda Primary School were damaged.

02 Oct 2007 description
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By Fred Ouma

A NEW case of the deadly Marburg haemorrhagic fever has been reported in Kamwenge district in western Uganda.

The Ministry of Health, in a statement yesterday, confirmed that a mine worker at Kitaka gold mines in Kamwenge had contracted the disease, the same place where the deadly virus hit two months ago.

In late July, a 29-year-old man was killed by the Ebola-like virus and another one infected. Both had been working in the Kitaka mines, located 420km west of the capital Kampala.

The mines had been closed temporarily to allow for an ecological study.

26 Sep 2007 description
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By Vision Reporters

TENS of thousands of children in eastern and northern Uganda have not been able to go to school since the beginning of this term due to the floods. UNICEF, the UN children's agency, estimates that over 100,000 pupils are yet to report to school, almost two weeks into the third term.

According to education minister Namirembe Bitamazire, the majority of those affected are candidates.

The Primary Leaving Examinations, or PLE, will be held on November 5 and 6, while the O'level and A'level exams will start in October.

23 Sep 2007 description
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SEVERE flooding has affected parts of Uganda. Many people have lost their homes as well as household items.

Access to the affected areas is difficult as roads and bridges have been submerged beneath the rising waters.

This calls to question our country's preparedness in handling disasters.

Because of the serious disruption of life in these areas, the ability of the local people and the Government to cope using its own resources has been exceeded. That is why President Yoweri Museveni has declared a State of Emergency to open floodgates for humanitarian assistance.

20 Sep 2007 description
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By Vision Reporters

THE army yesterday airlifted over 150 students who had been stranded in the Acholi sub-region due to the floods in the North.

Priority was given to Primary 7, Senior 4 and Senior 6 candidates, who are expected to start their final examinations in a few weeks time.

The UPDF also used boats to help about 70 students cross Aswa River, which has cut off Pader from Gulu and Lira districts.

"I came to Gulu last Saturday hoping that I would travel back to Kitgum on Monday for classes, only to reach Aswa Bridge and find the bridge under water," Nuhm Laker, …

18 Sep 2007 description
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By Joyce Namutebi

KARAMOJA has been cut off by floods that have so far killed 17 people in the region, Members of Parliament said yesterday.

The MPs belonging to the Karamoja Parliamentary Group warned of hunger and disease, and appealed to the Government and humanitarian agencies to airlift food and drugs to the affected people.

18 Sep 2007 description
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By Vision Reporter

The floods are likely to worsen in several parts of the country in the next two to three months, according to state minister for Disaster Preparedness Musa Ecweru.

Presenting a report on the floods situation to Parliament yesterday, Ecweru said the situation was not unique for Uganda. "It is a global problem, resulting from climate change, perpetuated by global warming", he said.

18 Sep 2007 description
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By Frank Mugabi

Over 180 inmates at Ragem Government Prison in Nebbi district are to be evacuated to a new detention centre after their cells flooded and their toilets were washed away a week ago.