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The President said research has shown that once you are on treatment, there is a reduced chance of spreading the HIV infection.
HIV/AIDS | TOWARDS ZERO
Determined to realize Uganda’s goal to fast-track initiative on ending HIV/AIDS in Uganda by 2030, President Museveni told a high level meeting on AIDS organised by UNAIDS and Co-hosted by Uganda that with research, prevention and experience, it is possible to end AIDS in its totality.
According to the acting director general of the Uganda AIDS Commission, Dr. Nelson Musoba, overall, Uganda is winning the war against HIV/AIDS.
The Uganda AIDs Commission (UAC) recently held their tenth Joint Annual HIV/AIDS Review. The activity aimed at bringing together all partners involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS to review their activities and design a way forward.
In a related development, two people were killed following a landslide in the south western district of Kisoro.
Property worth millions of shillings has been destroyed following heavy rains in Rwamucucu Sub County in the newly created district of Rukiga.
Gardens, bridges and house were razed. Livestock killed. Residents have appealed to government through the ministry of disaster preparedness to respond with relief.
One person has been presumed dead after his vehicle was washed away by the ravaging floods in Elegu
AMURU - One person is feared dead and more than 2,000 people around Elegu border market in Amuru district are believed to now be homeless after Unyama stream burst its bank, giving way to fierce, destructive floods.
The area experienced a downpour that started Monday night and did not let up until Tuesday late-morning.
Hillary Onek the Minister for Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees, has decried government’s delay to establish a contingency fund to handle disasters in Uganda.
Onek says on several occasions they have tried to push for the establishment of the fund but to no avail. “We need to have money in the budget for disasters. This is something that needs to be given consideration” Onek says.
By Cecilia Okoth
KAMPALA - The ministry of health has enough stock of vaccines to cater for South Sudan child refugees who have since last week fled their country due to political instability.
Dr. Henry Luzze, who is the deputy manager of Uganda National Expanded Program on Immunisation, said the immunisation program at the ministry is prepared for all eventualities including migrating populations.
By Oyet Okwera
Climate change adaptation learning centres will equip the meteorologists with required information to inform the public about correct weather forecasts.
Government and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have launched a climate adaptation learning centre in Sironko and Bulambuli to avail the community with information on climate change issues.
By Violet Nabatanzi
Cholera outbreak has hit five districts in Eastern region; Butaleja and Namayengo have registered more cases. At the moment 13 people have died of the disease while more cases are still admitted at the health facilities.
In a phone interview, the District Health Officer (DHO) of Butaleja district Dr. John Matovu says they have so far registered 194 victims and 7 deaths. He explained that the five victims died from the health facilities while two from their homes.
By David Lumu
In 2002, there were 5m Ugandans without a toilet facility
New findings about toilet coverage in the country have rekindled old questions about the need to formulate a law that makes it compulsory for every household to have a toilet facility. Although the overall toilet coverage in the country has increased, recent national population and housing census figures released by the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS), show that 8% of the population stays in households with no toilet facilities.
Ministry of Health is targeting to immunise about four million children against polio in 57 high risk districts along Uganda’s borders.
The three-day door-to door campaign will be carried out in districts mainly bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan, ministry Communications Officer, Rukia Nakamatte said on Thursday.
The exercise that begins January 22 is targeting children from zero to five years, she said.
They are more associated with spying, but unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones), will soon be deployed in Uganda to help farmers increase agricultural output and enhance food security.
A drone is operated using a remote control and flies using propellers. It can be fitted with a knapsack in case the operator is interested in spraying crops.
“Drone technology is trending in surveillance, but it can be used in agriculture,” said Okasai Opolot, a director in the Ministry of Agriculture. He added that drone technology is versatile.
By Joyce Namutebi
Five hundred Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) officers have been trained in disaster management.
The training has been done with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
“As the rainy season sets in across Uganda, the Uganda Peoples Defence Force is now better prepared to work with civil authorities in responding to disasters,” according to information provided by UNDP.
By Chris Mugasha
Shock and grief engulfed residents of Kakyeka village in Kyabugimbi Sub County, Bushenyi district as four coffins laid before them for burial.
The coffins contained the remains of Monica Kobusingye, 28, her son Obed Arinda, 7, her two monthS twins Ayesingye Kato and Kakuru.
Arinda was a primary one pupil at Rumumuro primary school.
The four died on Thursday after a landslide swept away their house in Nyeibingo village in Ruhumuro Sub County in the same district.
By Joyce Namutebi
THE ministry of health has announced mitigation measures to curb disease outbreaks that El- nino rains are likely to cause in various parts of the country.
In line with a Disease Outbreak Preparedness Plan developed by the ministry, working with the Office of the Prime Minister, the ministry has appealed to districts to increase disease surveillance due to expected upsurges of epidemics related to rainy season, a statement issued by the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Asuman Lukwago said.
By Violet Nabatanzi and Juliet Waiswa
THE Ministry of Health (MoH) has developed a disease outbreak preparedness plan in preparation for the predicted El-Nino in the country.
The plan has been integrated into the National El-Nino preparedness and Contingency Plan coordinated by the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM).
By Joyce Namutebi and Moses Mulondo
NEARLY 375,000 people in 10 districts in northern Uganda have been hit by Malaria in the last three months, killing 165, Parliament has heard.
The affected districts are Agago, Amuru, Apac, Gulu, Kitgum, Kole, Lamwo, Oyam, Nwoya and Pader, the minister of state for heath Dr. Chris Baryomunsi told Parliament on Thursday.
By John Agaba
Malaria, the number one killer disease in Sub-Saharan Africa, is ravaging northern Uganda. The health ministry Wednesday said the plasmodium-caused disease has hit 10 districts.
Lamwo, Gulu, Kitgum, Oyam, Agago, Apac, Amuru, Kole, Nwoya and Pader are the worst hit.
Hundreds of patients, including babies and children below five years and women, are stranded at health facilities as they wait to be attended to.
By Ronald Sebutiko
The number of people being examined for the Typhoid scourge at Kisenyi health Centre has gone up from 2,140 where it was on Tuesday to 3,000.This has forced the city authorities together with UPDF medical officers to open up another treatment Centre at the facility to handle the big number of patients.
More than 30 years after HIV/ AIDS was first detected in Uganda, risky sexual behaviours are still rampant, threatening to increase HIV infections again. As the world marks the World AIDS Day on Monday – December 1 – New Vision highlights some of the trouble spots, with particular emphasis on the trade routes used by long-distance truck drivers. Bonney Odongo and Frederick Turyakira explore the northern and western routes.
In Gulu Industrial Area, Lacor trading centre and Atiak at the Uganda-South Sudan border are the hotspots for commercial sex trade.
By Francis Kagolo
The education ministry, with the help of UN education agencies, has embarked on a process to mainstream conflict and disaster risk reduction in the various school curricula.
The move also aims at ensuring that students are taught to be peaceful and school facilities like buildings are resistant to disasters like lightning and strong winds.