Dr Hakim Sendagire, a Biochemist based at Makerere University Microbiology lab says lately they have been rejecting quite a number of samples sent to them for Complete Blood Count (CBC) tests due to the fact that they are contaminated and therefore cannot offer an accurate diagnosis.
Dr. Joel Buzira a microbiologist at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) says they conducted a study at Mbarara hospital among pregnant women where they found women suffering from vaginal candidiasis were no longer responding to itraconazole and fluconazole.
Speaking during the annual Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) science fair that closed on Thursday, Dr. Mohammed Lamorde, Head of Global Health Security Programme at the Institute said Uganda can’t completely eliminate viruses and that the country might get another influenza related outbreak in the next two year even as we have just had COVID-19.
According to Richard Muhindo, the Principal investigator on the study in which researchers assessed 240 female and 100 male sex workers from Kampala and Mbarara, even as these males are not seeking testing services they are also not using condoms in their encounters. He says the respondents were asked about their last sexual encounter and test for syphilis and HIV and they found whereas 85% of women acknowledged using condoms at the last sexual encounter, only 34% of males used protection.
This campaign which is US – funded was first launched in 2015 in 10 high HIV burden countries in sub Saharan Africa including Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe whereby funds up to $385million was allocated to different partnerships and programmes that can help reduce infections among girls and young women. In Uganda, the campaign was planned to launch in phases.
In a statement issued this morning, the Senior Health Ministry Publicist, Emmanuel Ainebyoona, says no single COVID-19 case has been registered in the country. He also clarifies that the Health Ministry surveillance teams received an alert from Royal Complex on Friday of a lady suspected to have COVID-19 infection.