Oresto Butele, an elder in Fokovu cell in Aaa Ward, Leju Town council says that several affected families have resorted to using local herbs such as eucalyptus and orange leaves to manage the illness since most of them lack proper knowledge about the skin disease.
According to Dr Richard Mugahi, the Commissioner in charge of Reproductive and Infant Health VVF can only be corrected by surgery, a service that is not found everywhere across the country. They have now resolved to do repairs on an outreach basis, leaving mothers to stay in this often stigmatizing situation for a long time.
As of now, 302 people have been affected by the outbreak, with children between the ages of one and five years being the most affected demographic group. In response, health authorities, led by Dr. Fredrick Byenume, the Acting District Health Officer, have launched a mass vaccination campaign targeting children aged one to fifteen years.
Dr. Jacob Ntende an Ophthalmologist at Mulago Hospital said that during the camp they focused on patients who needed cosmetic and reconstructive surgery to improve the function and appearance of the eye and its surrounding area.
Henry Mutyaba a resident of Mukono municipality said that their grandmother Nanyonjo disappeared from home after experiencing mental illness and since then they have been looking for her till they got media reports that she is stuck at Luwero hospital.
Speaking to URN in an interview on Thursday, Dr Herbert Luswata the UMA president said the decision to send colleagues to the neighboring Rwanda and the United Kingdom comes amidst concerns that many of them remain unemployed and a futile push to government to have them recruited into public service.
The project dubbed ‘’Gender Equitable Nutrition in Tanzania and Uganda (GENTU), will be implemented by Action against Hunger in partnership with Karamoja Women’s Umbrella Organization covering the three districts of Nakapiripirit, Moroto, and Nabilatuk district.
There is a ban on the recruitment of staff at all ministries, departments, agencies, and local governments but the Ministry says hospitals with wage surpluses should use the money to recruit critical staff .
Dr Angelina Kakooza, a child Neurologist and an associate professor of paediatrics says that medics in Uganda have built the capacity to carry out epilepsy surgeries, a process that had initially started in Cure Hospital-Mbale by American doctors. The procedure removes an area of the brain where seizures occur.
According to information obtained from the district education department, the most affected schools are those located along the Uganda-DR Congo border where over 30 girls reportedly fled to DRC after conceiving over the past year.
Because of the need to have organ donation as part of Uganda’s health system, and the fact that the majority of Uganda may not be well-informed about organ donation, Uganda Radio Network (URN) is publishing a series of articles about organ transplantation. URN hopes that the patients, potential organ donors, and caregivers will be informed about the diseases, organ transplant processes, who should donate an organ, and what to expect before and after surgery.
Apart from scientific research and more resource allocation for treatment, the Committee recommended at least three medical staff to be deployed at the designated facilities for effective diagnosis of the disease and prescription of management plans for the affected households.
Valued at Shillings 900 million, the ward aims to alleviate congestion in the existing facility, which only accommodates 24 beds. In addition to expanding capacity, the new ward includes special rooms for children to prevent their mingling with adult patients.