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18 Apr 2018 description
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BUTALEJA- Torrential rain being experienced in several parts of eastern Uganda has caused floods which have damaged bridges and roads. Leresi Bridge on Mbale- Butaleja Road has been damaged making transport along the route difficult.

The bridge on River Manafwa, which was constructed in 1960s, was submerged on Monday after a heavy down pour. Commuters who use the road are stranded.

Motorists have been forced to divert to Bunghanji-Budaka District to connect to Mbale town.

The most affected sub counties are Himutu, Mazimasa, Kachonga and Butaleja town council.

17 Apr 2018 description
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In Summary

Residents have been encouraged to boil water before drinking, eat warn food, wash hands before and after eating, avoid fetching water from swamps/rivers, avoid eating foods or drinking juices sold on roadsides, embrace good pit-latrines practices.

By MUDANGHA KOLYANGHA

23 Mar 2018 description
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By FELIX BASIIME

KYEGEGWA - Police in Kyegegwa District are holding 10 people suspected of stealing food items meant for refugees in Kyaka II Refugee Settlement.

The suspects, who include staff of the Danish Refugee Council (DRC), an international NGO, and some refugees were allegedly caught stealing the food items that include several bags of posho and a number of jerrycans of cooking oil on Tuesday night.

DRC’s responsibility is to distribute food items from the World Food Programme (WFP) stores to the refugees.

15 Mar 2018 description
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By Felix Ainebyoona Police in Mbarara District have confirmed one person dead and several others displaced by floods following a heavy downpour on Wednesday.

A building under construction at Rwizi Arch Hotel in Kamukuzi Division collapsed also due to heavy rain.

Running water around the same area swept unspecified number of people who were traveling on Boda bodas.

The Rwizi region police spokesperson, Mr Samson Kasasira said police are doing all they can to rescue people.

14 Mar 2018 description
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By Lilian Namagembe

Kampala - The government move to grant districts the mandate to manage indoor residual spraying (IRS) exercise intended to get rid of malaria has saved government billions of shillings as opposed to implementation of the exercise through partners, officials have revealed.

13 Mar 2018 description
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By MUDANGHA KOLYANGHA & YAHUDU KITUNZI

Health officials in Butebo and Mbale Districts have announced an outbreak of Measles.
The acting Butebo District Health Officer, Dr Nathan Tibako, said on Tuesday that the airborne disease had been confirmed in 44 people after laboratory tests were done in February this year.

09 Mar 2018 description
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By AMOS NGWOMOYA

Kampala- Residents scramble to cross the road by a meticulously makeshift wooden bridge planted over a large stinking pool of water in Bwaise III Zone, Kawempe Division.

Marabou storks timidly hover as some bare-chested children wade through the stagnant water to collect scrap for sale. The pool of water emerged just a couple of days ago after the skies furiously opened, causing untold damage.

Bwaise, which slightly lies above the drainage channel on the Northern Bypass, has always been an area prone to flooding.

03 Mar 2018 description
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KAMPALA - The onset of the first rainy season that started a week ago has left Kawempe hospital flooded and patients scattering for their lives.

The Thursday downpour, flooded the private wing of the hospital.

Constructed at an estimated cost of $11.3 million (about Shs40.6 billion), with funding from the African Development Bank and the Nigeria Trust Fund, the 170 bed hospital with a private wing was opened in 2016 to host Mulago National Referral Hospital's gynaecology and obstetric department during its renovation and thereafter decongest it.

01 Mar 2018 description
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In Summary
- Hoima District secretary of education and health, Mr Mugenyi Mulindambura asked the central government to use a multi sectoral approach in mitigating the cholera outbreak.

Cholera has killed 29 people in Hoima District, medical officers have confirmed.

The cholera outbreak was last week confirmed to have hit Congolese refugees in Kyangwali settlement camp who fled from fighting in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Reported cases

15 Feb 2018 description
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By SCOVIA ATUHAIRE

Since November last year, most of the districts in the Rwenzori sub-region have been experiencing drought and this has affected milk production. As a result, milk prices have soared, especially in Fort Portal town.

Farmers now move long distances with their animals in search of pastures and water due to their (farmers’) failure to adapt to new technologies of making hay and silage for the dry seasons. The grasses are dry and they cannot enable cows produce enough milk.

05 Jan 2018 description
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In Summary

  • "The District Chairperson of Nakaseke cannot announce the outbreak. Wait for a statement from the Ministry of Health Tomorrow regarding the issue you have raised," Opendi who did not deny or confirm the reported case of CCHF disease in Nakaseke told the Daily Monitor on Phone.

  • On September 8 2017, cases of the CCHF disease were confirmed in Nakaseke District where an isolation centre was put up to manage the emergencies.

28 Dec 2017 description
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By Agencies

The United Nations High Commission for Refugee (UNHCR) has transferred 3500 of the 3700 Congolese nationals who fled to Nkondo landing site in Kabwoya Sub County in Hoima District to Kyangwali Refugee Settlement Camp.

The Congolese fled into Uganda over ethnic clashes between the Lendu and Bagegere in the Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The clashes broke out on December 18, 2017 and forced hundreds of Congolese to flee into Hoima District through Lake Albert.

13 Dec 2017 description
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By TOM BRIAN ANGURINI

In Summary

Anemia. According to the report findings, levels of anemia were recorded at 53 per cent among children aged between six and 59 months, of which 54 per cent of these were in rural areas and 48 per cent in urban areas with variations in different regions.

Kampala. A new study commissioned by civil society has revealed that the country is facing biting hunger and malnutrition.

01 Oct 2017 description
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In Summary

The Hoima District vice chairperson Mr Benson Ciche who rushed to the school and participated in transporting the sick to hospital said government should prioritize providing lightning arrestors in all schools.

The Buhanika Sub County chairperson Mr Jamil Kasangaki, said the lightning struck and killed a goat and a cow belonging to Mr Joseph Kiiza in Kifumura II village.

By Francis Mugerwa
Hoima

27 Sep 2017 description
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Thirteen people have been confirmed dead in Nfasha Trading Centre, Ikamiro Parish, Rubanda District, after a rainstorm that lasted about an hour.

The victims were swept away by running water on Tuesday at about 4pm.

Surging water brought down nine houses and carried down the valley two babies, three women and eight men where they died.

Four men were injured and rushed to Kabale Hospital.

The District Police Commander, Mr Ramathan Tai confirmed the deaths saying 13 bodies have been recovered, seven on Tuesday evening and six on Wednesday.

19 Sep 2017 description
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In Summary

  • The disaster comes barely a month after the same area was hit by floods that killed two people, destroyed several semi-permanent structures and properties worth billions of shillings and displaced about 6,000 people.

By JULIUS OCUNGI GULU

A devastating flash flood has again swept through Elegu trading center in Atiak Sub-county Amuru District at the Uganda-South Sudan border point.

13 Sep 2017 description
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By CISSY MAKUMBI &TOBBIAS JOLLY OWINY

GULU. One morning in 2010, Esther Lakari, a resident of Panyul Village in Agago Sub-county, Lamwo District, set off to her farm to harvest food for her family. She had no idea that tragedy awaited her.

Lakari says she was walking to her garden when she had a blast and became unconscious. She later woke up at Kitgum Hospital to find her right leg amputated. She had stepped on a land mine that maimed her leg.

Lakari, a mother of five, was later abandoned by her husband and is now struggling to raise her children on her own.

12 Sep 2017 description
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By YAHUDU KITUNZI

Sironko- More than 300 families in Lusabe village, Bufupa Parish, Masaba Sub-county in Sironko District that were recently hit by mudslides have asked for faster response from government due to the dire conditions they are living in.

Although government opened a camp for the families at Bufupa Primary School, it lacks social amenities such as pit-latrines and clean water. The camp is about 200 metres from the mudslide site.

28 Aug 2017 description
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By DAN WANDERA LUWEERO.

Caterpillars have invaded Luweero eating several acres of crops, causing fear among residents that famine could strike the district.

According to the district entomology department, there are three types of caterpillars ravaging the district. They include the tailed green, the fall armyworm and the black hairy caterpillar. The most destructive to crops is the armyworm.

24 Aug 2017 description
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By David Mafabi

KAMPALA. Uganda has been placed on high alert as the Ministry of Health investigates and monitors suspected cases of the deadly Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever in the central districts of Kiboga and Nakaseke.

On August 20, the ministry received blood samples of two patients from Kiboga and Nakaseke hospital suspected Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF).

According to an August 21 statement signed by the acting Director General, health services Dr Anthony Mbonye, the two victims tested positive to Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever [CCFH].