State Minister of Health Hanifa Kawooya says that the Ministry of Health is constrained and can’t deliver services to the furthest of communities. Kawooya said that since the MOH structures stop at Health Center II, they have been challenged on having timely interventions into community problems.
Sarah Bireete, the Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Governance (CCG) notes that while the government would have quickly enacted a guiding law like was done in other countries, they resorted to presidential decrees where the president illegally turned himself into a lawmaker.
The health ministry had accredited three laboratories to carry out testing at the Airport. The three; Test and Fly, Safari and Same Day laboratories were charging USD 65 (229,000 Shillings) for every test conducted. However, the government has since resolved to reduce the cost to USD 30 105,000 Shillings.
This TrueBeam machine which treats about 70 patients on a daily basis is just a year old having been installed in August 2020. It was procured by the government at USD 4 million, and it's more preferred by both doctors and patients than the Cobalt 60.
Claire Namuweera recalls the night the patient near her died and the health workers immediately administered the offices dutifully and then left the body there until morning when the relatives came to collect it, something which forced her caregiver and sister to spend the rest of the night outside yet it was raining.
Waniaye says, this move that comes shortly after a government ambulance was recently stolen in Arua district is targeted to cover all the over 300 ambulances owned by the government. So far, they have received conflicting reports from intelligence about the whereabouts of the stolen car. While some say it’s in DR Congo others say it’s being driven in country.
The call comes following the arrival of 647,080 doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccines at time when many Ugandans who received the first jab are waiting to receive their second jab. Preliminary records from the health ministry show that over 150,000 people are due for their second dose
Senior Oncologist Dr. Fred Okuku said it is difficult for them to ensure that patients completely stay away from alternative medicine and called for developing such medicine and taking them through proper channels to check their safety. He notes that with the effectiveness of the pumpkin, they are pushing to have this studied and documented.
Mulago Hospital Executive Director Dr Byarugaba Baterana told journalists on Friday that the facility was only availed a paltry 8.7 billion Shillings for drugs, yet they need up to 101 billion Shillings. He says that the hospital at the moment only gets an allocation of 69.3 billion Shillings of which 29 billion goes to payment of staff salaries.
Dr Evelyn Nabunya, the Executive Director of the Hospital told their first board of 12 members that was inaugurated on Thursday that the hospital that is supposed to handle sophisticated procedures especially in fertility care such as In vitro fertilization (IVF) has only 376 of the planned 880 members of staff.
Like the expert, a dossier recently released by GAVI, the Vaccines Alliance that is spearheading equitable supply of vaccines across the world shows this as a possibility, even though they said that there was no conclusive evidence to link the vaccine to the menstrual cycle.
As of today, according to MOH figures, only 47,165 out of an estimated 150,000 health workers have been fully vaccinated countrywide despite them being the first lot for the government to prioritize for vaccination when the jabs first arrived in the country early in March.
Dr. Alfred Driwale, the Manager Uganda Expanded Programme on Immunization (UNEPI) told journalists on Thursday that they have proposed to the technical committee handling the refugees that the visitors should be vaccinated against both type 1 and type 2 strains of the virus irrespective of their age.
So far, in addition to the AstraZeneca vaccines, the country has received a donation of Sinopharm vaccines from China and they expect Johnson and Johnson vaccines that have already been ordered through the African Union. Also, the US government has promised to deliver some Pfizer vaccines this month.
Other countries in this category include the US, UK, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania. This categorization, the minister says is based on the presence of variants of concern in the specific country, the rate of transmission of the disease in that country, number of deaths and vaccination levels.