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28 Oct 2018 description
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The floods, which first hit Kasese in May 2013, have also destroyed private and public property worth unspecified billions of shillings, including Kilembe Mines Hospital.

Five years after floods devastated Kasese, they have re-invaded the district, killing one person, almost drowning another in Karusandara subcounty and displacing about 8,000 others.

Nelson Kule, aged 35, of Nyabubare village is still missing after reportedly drowning when River Mubuku burst its banks and invaded about nine villages.

18 Oct 2018 description
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By Taddeo Bwambale

Health officials have stepped up surveillance against the deadly disease which has claimed over 100 people in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

A health surveillance team has been deployed at Uganda’s border points with Congo since the outbreak started about two months ago. Uganda has had no Ebola outbreak since 2012.

Dr Henry Mwebesa, the director general of health services said the health taskforce had so far screened 220 suspected cases of Ebola but none has tested positive for Ebola.

13 Sep 2018 description
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By Wilson Asiimwe

Leaders in Kabarole have agreed to construct an Ebola isolation unit in Bukwali near Fort Portal Regional Referral Hospital.

Addressing the press last week, Stephen Asiimwe, the Resident District Commissioner for Kabarole and chairman Ebola task force, said the isolation centre will serve all the districts in the Rwenzori region.

07 Aug 2018 description
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About 20% of Uganda’s estimated 37 million people are living in urban areas.

Uganda’s unplanned urban sprawl is a threat to food security, the ministry of lands, housing and urban development has said.

Samuel Mabala, the director for housing in the ministry, said the unplanned urban sprawl is eating into agricultural land, and the country could plunge into a food crisis in future if no action is taken.

01 Jun 2018 description
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The screening is taking place at both the border districts and in Namugongo before entrance into the shrines.

NAMUGONGO - All pilgrims arriving from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are undergoing screening for Ebola, according to a statement from the ministry of health.

The screening is taking place at both the border districts and in Namugongo before entrance into the shrines.

This comes after the Health Ministry in the DRC the declared the ninth outbreak of Ebola virus in the country, in early May.

21 May 2018 description
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The floods have left household property worth millions of shillings destroyed and crops in gardens at harvesting stage submerged, hence looming famine

BULAMBULI- Floods have ravaged five sub-counties in Bulambuli district, leaving over 680 households and pit latrines submerged by water hence forcing families to resort to open defecation. Residents fear a cholera outbreak.

Several families have fled their homes and taken shelter in the nearby schools, churches and trading centres.

17 May 2018 description
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The landslides affected mostly homes in Bunasirwe village, Buweswa parish and Weswa sub-county after striking some villages in neighbouring Kato sub-county.

MANAFWA - Landslides have hit several homesteads in Weswa sub-county of Manafwa district after heavy rains pounded the area throughout the night on Tuesday.

According to the district councilor, Jenifer Mwenyi, the incident occurred on Wednesday morning at 10.00a.m while residents went about their normal work.

18 Apr 2018 description
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Africa will learn from Uganda again, when a newly commissioned continental study on selected pathogenic diseases including Ebola, Marburg, Meningitis, and Lassa Fever is concluded sometime next year.

The study by African Risk Capacity Outbreak and Epidemic (ARCO&E) Programme — a subset of the African Union — seeks to model epidemic risk for the pathogens, optimise early warning systems, create contingency plans for rapid response and open access to quick disbursing financing through a parametric insurance mechanism.

15 Mar 2018 description
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By Wilson Manishimwe

Added 14th March 2018 05:05 PM

According to Dr Godfrey Asea, the director National Crops Resources Research Institute,only a resilient variety could withstand the ‘cocktail’ of constraints such as the armyworm.

WAKISO - Farming experts have urged maize farmers countrywide to adopt drought-tolerant maize to boost food security.

18 Jan 2018 description
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The traps are to help farmers get prepared before the first planting season sets in

KAMPALA - The Government’s plan of commercialising agriculture could be hampered by the increasing incident of pests and diseases.

Under the plan, the Government identified 12 key priority food items for both food security and income-generation through export.

Maize, which is both a food security crop and an economic crop, is being threatened by various pests and diseases.

22 Sep 2017 description
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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.

12 Sep 2017 description
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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.

08 Sep 2017 description
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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.

24 Aug 2017 description
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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.

15 May 2017 description
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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.

21 Jul 2016 description
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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.

03 May 2016 description
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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.

29 Apr 2016 description
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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.

30 Mar 2016 description
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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.

07 Jan 2016 description
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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.