Goat Plague is a viral disease related to the rinderpest of sheep as well as goats. It is characterized by fever, cough, very bad-smelling breath, diarrhoea and discharge from the eyes and nose, which can form a crust, making breathing difficult and forcing eyes shut.
The Ministry of Health guidelines require all adults to wear face masks while in public or crowded places, use hand sanitisers, observe social distancing and get vaccinated to protect themselves from infections. Public gatherings are also restricted to not more than 200 people and a nighttime curfew is also supposed to be maintained from 7 pm to 5:30 a.m.
Fred Mwebe,29, who turned up to inquire about the procedure at Kitante Primary School center vaccination center told URN that 22 out of the 29 teachers at Green Valley Junior School, Kalerwe travelled to their home towns when the president announced the lockdown. He says that they have failed to reach some of the teachers on their known mobile telephone numbers.
Rumours and myths surrounding Covid-19 vaccines have thrown some Ugandans into an abyss of fear and mistrust yet studies have shown that current vaccines appear to be effective enough to end the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Resident District Commissioner, Geoffrey Osborn Ocheng, who also doubles as Amuru District COVID- 19 Taskforce Chairperson, told URN this morning that they gave the medical workers four days to take the jab, which has elapsed today.
Dr. Felix Kaduchu, the Dean Faculty of Medicine at Gulu University told URN in an interview on Tuesday evening that some students tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. “We have not forced them to take the vaccination but they realized that some of their colleagues had tested positive with the virus and decided to embrace the exercise,” Dr. Kaduchu explained.
Although the government had initially said that the doses would cover 482,000 People, with each getting two injections spaced between eight weeks, the plan was later revised, to allow more people to get the first dose. But soon after the change, the Serum Institute of India, announced the halting of vaccine exports to first, serve their domestic market.
An official at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital told URN on condition of anonymity that there are often between 3 to 4 unclaimed bodies at the facility each month. Dr. David Tibwamanya, the Principal Administrator Gulu Regional Referral Hospital, says that always hand such bodies to Gulu City Council after waiting for their relatives to claim them in vain.
The disease which attacks the liver, can cause chronic infection and puts people at high risk of death from cirrhosis and liver cancer. But despite its seriousness, mothers and health service providers pay little or no attention at all, to control the spread pf Hepatitis B.
The nurses are attending the nationwide training ahead of the age-wide national Measles-Rubella vaccination campaign which is due to run from the October 16-20 targeting children older than 9 months to under 15 years of age. At the same time, a booster dose of oral polio vaccine will be given to all children younger than five years of age.
James Gibiri and Denis Wajala, both farmers in Sironko district, say they spend lots of money to get their animals and birds vaccinated. Rabies is caused by a virus that affects the central nervous system particularly causing inflammation in the brain.