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].
By SIMON PETER EMWAMU
In Summary: Call for action: Touring the district at the weekend, the State Minister for Teso Affairs demanded that the government embarks on mass vaccination against the disease, which has been ignored since 2009.
The State Minister for Teso Affairs, Ms Christine Amongin, has asked the government to start a massive vaccination against Hepatitis B, a disease that has claimed several lives in the region since 2009.
By Stephen Otage
Health: The report blames foreign aid as the major blame to government’s laxity.
Uganda’s immunisation coverage remains low compared to other East African countries, with experts now calling for a better plan to address the gap.
A report by the advisory committee on vaccines and immunisation of the Uganda National Academy of Science (UNAS) shows that in the 1990s, Uganda had one of the most successful immunisation programmes in East and sub- Saharan Africa.
By MARTIN OKUDI & FELIX WAROM OKELLO
In Summary - The structure for the nurse’s training school was established in 1957 but was abandoned in 1972 after commissioning of Moyo hospital.
Health workers in the Madi sub-region have asked government to consider the need for setting up a nursing training school in Moyo District.
LUWEERO authorities are on high alert following the death of two members of the same family due to the deadly hemorraghic Ebola fever in Nyimbwa sub-county over the last few days.
This latest incidence happened in Sombwe Parish about 40km north of Kampala. Joseph Okware, the Luwero District Health Officer Wednesday confirmed that the dead are members of the same family. He said Gladys Namakula and Rehemah Najjemba of Kikyusa village died and were buried on 10th and 12th respectively.
By Nicholas Kalungi & Dan Wandera, Ronald Tumusiime, Sarah Tumwebaze & Stephen Otage (email the author)
Posted Monday, August 6 2012 at 01:00
The Ministry of Health yesterday said the country is not yet free from Ebola and asked the public to adhere to the recommended preventive measures in order to safe guard against the deadly disease, which has so far claimed 16 lives and dozens admitted to hospitals.