The media, being one of the key partners, the Ministry and its partners have implored the media to support their efforts towards strengthening routine immunization coverage countrywide. Journalists from the print, electronic and online media were oriented and sensitized on delivering appropriate educational messages to the public on the benefits of immunization.
In a bid to intensify efforts towards the management of the Malaria epidemic in Northern Uganda, the Ministry of Health is undertaking Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) in 10 epidemic districts this September. The exrecise is intended to contribute to the objective of achieving and sustaining protection of at least 85% of the population at risk of malaria through recommended Malaria prevention measures by 2017.
The number of Ugandans dying from HIV/AIDS-related illness has reduced by 50.7% in one year, according to the new report from the Ministry of Health. This,according to the Minister of Health, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, is “great progress” in Uganda’s quest towards containing the HIV/AIDS scourge.
According to Dr. Aceng, 31000 people with HIV died in 2014, down from 63,000 in 2013, a reduction of 32,000 deaths. AIDS-related deaths were 67,000 in 2010 and over 75,000 in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Highlights of CPI, June 2016
1.1 Annual Inflation
The Annual Headline Inflation for the year ending June 2016 increased to 5.9 per cent compared to the 5.4 per cent recorded during the year ended May 2016.
Ministry of Health with support from the Center for Disease Control –CDC –ICAP at Columbia University will next month start a Nationwide HIV Impact assessment survey to generate data that will inform Policy formulation and intervention for control and prevention of HIV.
This exercise comes at a time when there are variations in HIV prevalence that are being fueled by different geographical locations and human behavior, which in turn has made HIV become the leading killer disease globally.
Highlights of CPI, May 2016
1.1 Annual Inflation
The Annual Headline Inflation for the year ending May 2016 increased to 5.4 per cent compared to the 5.1 per cent recorded during the year ended April 2016.
Uganda has received a donation of Anti-malarial drugs worth 500,000 million US dollars from the Korean government and diagnostic support to the Uganda Cancer Institute and the National Tuberculosis Reference Laboratory services.
The donation comes in the wake of rising cases of cancer and malaria infections in the country.
The Korean foundation for international Health-care and the Korean National Cancer Centre has boosted Uganda’s campaign against Malaria and Cancer with a half million Dollars as part of the Korean government plan for Africa.
KAMPALA – The National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) have signed an agreement to construct 10 community-level grain stores in 10 districts of Uganda over the next four months in an effort to address grain storage challenges nationally while enhancing small-scale farmers’ access to quality produce markets.
Highlights of the Week
One case (one death) of Yellow fever confirmed in Kalangala district.
Cholera continues in Eastern Uganda. Buliisa district in Western Uganda also affected.
There was 100% (112 districts) district reporting rate in week 16, 2016, with an average reporting rate of 77%. No district had less than 1/3 of their health facilities reporting.
eHealth Policy Formulation
The World Health Organisation defines ehealth as the combined use of electronic Communication and information technology in the health sector.In practical terms e-health is the means of ensuring that the right health information is provided to the right person at the right place and time in a secure, electronic form to support the delivery of quality and effecient healthcare.
Following the outbreak of Yellow Fever in some parts of the country, the Ministry of health with support from GAVI is to conduct a free Yellow Fever vaccination exercise in the affected districts of Masaka, Rukungiri and kalangala. The exercise is expected to run between May 19th and 22nd. a total of 643,765 people aged six months and above will be vaccinated against the disease.
Highlights of CPI, April 2016
1.1 Annual Inflation
The Annual Headline Inflation for the year ending April 2016 declined to 5.1 per cent compared to the 6.2 per cent recorded during the year ended March 2016.
KAMPALA — 28/04/2016 — The districts in Eastern Uganda have continued to report Cholera cases with Namayengo and Butaleja being the most affected. On average, each of these disctricts has been registering up to four cases daily. The neighbouring districts of Busia, Sironko, and Kibuku have also reported cases. The country is currently experiencing heavy rains which are likely to result in floods and contamination of water sources because of poor hygiene and sanitation, and high water table in certain districts. This will favour the spread of the outbreak to other parts of the country.
JOINT PRESS RELEASE
KAMPALA, 27 April, 2016 – The Government of Uganda and UNICEF have today launched a child-friendly justice handbook to guide prosecutors and other actors in the criminal justice system, in handling child-related cases in a child-friendly and gender responsive manner.
The Minister of State in-charge of Primary Health Care Hon. Sarah Acheng Opendi while launcing the Injectable Polio Vaccination into routine immunization at Bulambuli district headquarters, disclosed that Government has finally introduced the Immunization law to punish reluctant parents who do not take their children for Immunization services even when it is free.
Highlights of CPI, March 2016
1.1 Annual Inflation
The Annual Headline Inflation for the year ending March 2016 declined to 6.2 per cent compared to the 7.0 per cent (revised) during the year ended February 2016.
The Magnitude of the burden of Hepatitis B disease came into light following 2005 HIV Sero Indicator survey carried by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with US Centers for Disease Control in which samples were also tested for Hepatitis B. This was further reinforced by data generated from the Health Management Information systems submitted by Districts and complaints from civil society organizations and politicians.
A health population is wealthy, therefore the Government of Uganda continues to facilitate the attainment of a good standard of health for all the people of Uganda. The goal of the Health Sector is therefore to reduce morbidity and mortality as a contribution to poverty reduction as well as economic and social development of the people of Uganda.
Since 1986, GoU has had good plans for the health sector which is yielding results i.e from improved health infrastructure, Human Resource to availability of drugs.
This report provides information about the current “adaptation deficit” present in Uganda and the negative consequences and costs that climate variability already has on the Ugandan economy, and is expected to have under future climate change scenarios.
Under the National Minimum Health Care Package, the Government of Uganda is committed to improving health services in the country through provision of necessary equipment to health facilities. Over the years, the Ministry of Health has continued to procure this equipment and distributed it to various health facilities depending on their levels.