Dr. Rachel Beyagira, a Technical Officer on Hepatitis told journalists on Thursday that they are considering starting testing and treating people who are found positive for the disease with data from blood banks showing increasing trends.
According to WHO data, newly reported cases fell by 20% in the week from 10 to 16 January, while deaths dropped by 8%. According to officials, this decline in cases pushes the continent past its shortest upsurge yet that lasted 56 days
Lt. Col (Rtd) Cyrus Kigongo, who served the army for 33-years since 1986 before retiring in 2019 observed the veterans who turned up for the exercise were visibly worn-out depicting misery in their lives after retirement.
Kitgum District had a target of 48,309 children under five to be vaccinated against polio type two during the first phase of the nationwide mass vaccination campaign which was scheduled to last three days from January 14 to January 16.
David Kagimu, a teacher at Kajuna Church of Uganda Primary School says that despite the underlying COVID-19 threat, parents have failed to provide facemasks to their children as they go to school; frustrating the overall enforcement of COVID-19 prevention interventions. He says that it is difficult to enforce the guidelines without support from parents.
The National Institute for Health Research is among key partners of the East Africa Consortium for Clinical Research-EACCR. The partnership involves 23 research institutions and universities in Uganda, Kenya, Sudan, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Ethiopia, and the consortium's Secretariat is hosted at Uganda Virus Research Institute-UVRI.
Data recently released by the health ministry shows that in the week between January 10 and January 16, a total of 76 COVID-19 related deaths were reported with 3,557 new infections, yet in the previous week when the third wave peaked, a total of 41deaths out of 7,139 new infections were reported.
According to Dr Richard Muhindo, the Principal Investigator on the study, they surveyed 100 male sex workers aged 17 and above who had been involved in the trade for at least two years. When asked about syphilis testing, many said they were unaware of it and that there was a low-risk perception even among those who knew.
NMS General Manager Moses Kamabare says they were asked by the Ministry of Health to put everything else on hold to distribute COVID-19 and Polio vaccines in preparation for the ongoing mass immunization.
The number of deaths remains stable, but the agency is concerned about the impact the variant is having on already exhausted health workers and overburdened health systems. Although Omicron may be less severe, for Dr Tedros “the narrative that it is mild is misleading, hurts the overall response and costs more lives.”
According to a Ministry of health survey carried out prior to the start of the campaign, only 24,000 cold chain carriers were available in the country. This means that about 56,000 out of the 80,000 teams deployed to conduct the polio vaccination exercise nationwide didn’t get the carriers, which are used to safely carry the vaccines.
Kyabayinze however, says that they have so far managed to upload the data of three million people who took the vaccine between March when the country launched the COVID-19 vaccination drive and October, adding that their certificates are available.
Along with the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), the Vaccine Alliance GAVI, and partners, WHO have led the largest vaccine procurement and supply operation in history with deliveries to 144 countries to date.