Byron Kinene, the chairperson of the Regional Lorry Drivers and Transport Association (RLDTA) says that while truckers were considered high risk groups in the early days of the pandemic, having recorded the highest number of positives, accessing vaccination services has been difficult.
Hadijah Nakatudde, a tutor midwife at international Institute of Health sciences Jinja, says that asking a midwife to pay an amount to the tune of Shs 200000 in the name of renewing licence is bad enough to discourage many from the practice with the little pay they get.
In the report presented by PAC Chairperson Nathan Nandala Mafabi, the laws establishing the two entities should be amended to ensure that NDA effectively performs its supervision role over NMS.
Nandala observes that, the General Manager of NMS is a board member of NDA and likewise, the Chairperson of NDA Board is a board member of NMS.
Nathan Nandala Mafabi, the PAC Chairperson said that NMS does not manufacture uniforms and the reason to contract them defeats the purpose. He says that the uniforms were never delivered on time and if delivered, they were not the right quality, quantity, size and wrong distribution.
Nandala notes that NMS does not manufacture uniforms and the reason to contract them defeats the purpose.
Whereas this is partly attributed to complacency by young people in observing the Standard of Operating Procedures set by the Ministry to contain the spread of the virus, Health Minister, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng notes that this is a sign of the second wave of the pandemic.
The recommended intake of salt is 5g per day, per person, but the organization noted that consumption of processed food is a rapidly increasing source of sodium. Processed and packaged bread, savoury snacks, meat products and cheese are among the categories of high-sodium food products identified for the new global benchmarks.
Released by UNFPA, the UN sexual and reproductive health agency, the report evaluates the midwifery workforce and related health resources in 194 countries and have found acute midwives shortages to be exerting a terrible global toll in the form of preventable deaths.
The nurses and midwives started a strike over lunch allowances estimated at 70 billion Shillings. This money is anticipated to cater for 26,000 nurses and midwives at a rate of 15,000 per health worker, per day. Currently, they receive 2,000 Shillings for lunch which cannot even cater for a descent cup of tea.
“After training and assessment, we will be able to tell who is capable of doing what. If someone has qualified in farming herbs, they cannot process them. The assessment will be placing everyone at his level of competence and then those who lack competency will ship out,” said Mukwaya.
Aceng also listed the fifteen best performing districts with Rukungiri topping the list followed by Kanungu and Hoima. Rukiga, Tororo, Bushenyi, Masaka, Mukono, Pakwach and Jinja as the top ten districts. Kampala came in 14th place performing worse than hard to reach districts of Kalangala, Bukedea and Namisindwa.
While both vaccines have been faced with a slow uptake, experts say the biggest problem faced with HPV which was launched in the country more than five years ago is failure by girls and women to complete their three jab doses. Catherine Nabbanja, the Principal Nursing Officer at Kawempe told URN that they are using this outreach to give health education on not just the relevance of vaccines but also urging participants to take ensure that they finish their doses.
According to the minister, nurses are showing naivety of their skill in carrying out vaccination. She says instead of health care workers handling the vaccine vial at the head or cover, they are touching it from anywhere which can affect the efficacy of the vaccine. She says they are not supposed to touch the body of the vial
According the deputy chief of party ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) Makerere University School of Public Health, Dr.Roy Mayega, Uganda is struggling with several resilience challenges yet it has an internal potential as a country to harness available resources including data to solve some of the biggest challenges affecting communities.
He says one ought to do an endoscopy every after two years for wellness purposes. But, even as this is recommended, the test remains expensive for many. Even at Mulago hospital the service is not entirely free since for the upper endoscopy one has to part with more than Shs100, 000 and the colonoscopy goes for up to Shs300, 000. This however is way low compared to the few private health facilities that offer the service at an average of shs400,000 for the upper test and Shs800,000 for the lower test.
Health Minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng told journalists on Friday that Uganda has so far recorded one case of the Indian strain of the COVID-19 virus that is feared to be lethal. She said starting tomorrow only those Ugandans who have been in India for treatment and the nationals that will be allowed back in the country. The ban also affects travelers that have traveled through India in the last 14 days.
The government targets to vaccinate at least 3 million head of cattle by the end of the exercise, out of the total national cattle stock of 14.8 million, according to State Minister for Animal Husbandry, Bright Rwamirama.
Minister Rwamirama is worried that the quarantines might take longer than planned because of failure by officials and farmers to respect the guidelines.