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 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.
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.
By Taddeo Bwambale
Government has sent 10 people suffering from the mysterious nodding disease to the US for further medical tests. The patients travelled last Saturday and are expected back next week.
Health Minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda on Tuesday addressed journalists on investigations to find the source and cure for the disease first reported in Lira, Gulu and Oyam in 2009.
Brain samples from five people who died from nodding syndrome were last month flown to the US Centres for Disease Control in Atlanta.
By John Thawite and Taddeo Bwambale
TWO new-born babies and a 77 year-old woman died on Thursday in a stampede at Kilembe Mines Hospital, as patients fled the hospital to escape approaching floods.
Two other unidentified people's bodies were seen floating down River Nyamwamba by eyewitnesses, although authorities had not identified them by press time.
The floods that hit the area at around 9.30 am on Thursday, cut off the Katiri -Kyanzuki road, which leads to the main Kilembe Mines offices and Kyanzuki.
By Francis Kagolo
Health experts have asked Parliament to expedite passing of the law to criminalise non-response to immunisation following reports of a looming Polio outbreak in the country.
The experts from central and southern Africa also asked Uganda to work with other states in the region to require polio vaccination for travelers in order to stop the spread of the disease across borders.
By Benon Tugumisirize
Churches in Uganda under the umbrella of Uganda Joint Christian Council (UJCC) and Act-Alliance have donated items worth US$60,000 (about sh160m) to victims of the recent Kasese floods.
The relief items were mostly household stuff – 1200 saucepan sets, 1000 jerrycans, 1500 boxes of soap, 1000 blankets, 1000 mosquito nets, together with 100 sleeping kits.
In addition to this were 60 cooking stoves, 20 boxes of water purifier, and much more.
The Uganda Red Cross Society has said Kasese flood victims need up to 11 million litres of safe water if disease is to be avoided, amid fears of a cholera outbreak.
Heavy rains that resulted into floods at the beginning of this month destroyed all toilet facilities and this has since affected water sources.
Dr. Bildard Baguma, the under secretary general, Uganda Red Cross Society said any donation was welcome and called upon people and organisations of good will to continue donating.
By John Nzinjah and John Thawite
Property worth $3m (about Shs8b) has so far been destroyed in Kasese district following the onset floods in the area on May 1st.
The minister of defense, Dr Crispus Kiyonga, said although the damage is so big, it is still smaller than what occurred in Bududa about two years ago. Kiyonga made the remarks briefing the press on Tuesday at Kasese Social Services Hall about the management of the disaster.
By Joyce Namutebi, 2 May 2013
The Japanese government is providing US$21.2m (about Sh55.3b) to four UN agencies to support refugee programmes in south-western Uganda plus climate related, health, nutrition, water and sanitation challenges in Karamoja.
The announcement was made by the Japanese Ambassador to Uganda, Kazuo Minagawa at a press conference at the Uganda media Centre in Kampala.
"The four UN agencies are providing essential goods and services for the refugees and vulnerable people in Uganda.
Disaster Preparedness minister Musa Ecweru with a team from Office of Prime Minister, Uganda Red Cross and district authorities have rushed to Kasese district where torrential rains ravaged villages, killing five people and making scores homeless.
According to Uganda Red Cross, relief trucks from Red Cross and OPM arrived in Kasese Thursday night. The items are targeting 400 families who were mostly affected.
They include: tarpaulins, sauce pans, blankets, mosquito nets, plates, cups, washing soap, jerrycans and water purification tablets.
By Attractor Kamahoro
KISORO, Western Uganda - Floods from heavy rains that have hit Murora sub-county in Kisoro district, have left an estimated 150 families displaced.
Several houses have been destroyed while community roads have been eroded by the floods rendering them impassable.
Villages affected include Chibumba, Buyora, Ruhuri and Kooga.
Chibumba Primary School was submerged by the floods and the over 620 pupils were displaced as a result are attending classes from a nearby church building.
By Paul Watala
Over 1320 people in Namabasa parish in Nakaloke sub county, Mbale district were left homeless after torrential rains swept houses in the area. A total of 12 persons were injured and admitted at Tobin health Centre after the Saturday downpour.
The heavy rains combined with hailstorm started at 10pm and lasted less than an hour. The storm destroyed Munira and Good Samaritan primary schools and Namabasa Secondary School. Over 1700 students were stranded and are currently taking their classes under trees.
The Minister for Health, Dr. Christine Ondoa, has declared Kabale and Ibanda districts free of the marburg epidemic.
This comes after 42 days elapsed without any new cases reported in the two districts.
Ondoa made the declaration on Thursday at Kabale district council hall after a two-day tour of the district's marburg isolation centres and a meeting with the district's taskforce on marburg.
Marburg fever broke out in September in Mwisi village, Kitumba sub-county in Kabale.