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New machines to energise TB, AIDS fight

US ambassador Deborah R. Malac hands over some of the donated medical equipment to state Minister of health for general duties Sarah Opendi at the ministry of health

United States government continues to expand its support towards the war on HIV and other related infectious diseases. Last week the United States donated nine GeneXpert machines – which can help detect drug resistant version of TB. The move was hailed as a major step towards containing the spread of …

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Stigma: key contributor to AIDS spread – UNYPA

Participants pose for a photo after the conference

Uganda Network of Young People Living with HIV and AIDS (UNYPA) has said that the impact of stigmatizing young people living with HIV and AIDS is the major key contributor to its spread. UNYPA Director, Jacqueline Alesi, said, “Stigma manifests itself in many ways – in the family, in relationships, …

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Blood shortage gets to  worrying levels

Isa Kiralira of the Nile Dialogue cleaning with a colleague

Thousands of Ugandans die every year from preventable conditions because of the unwillingness by majority of the population to donate blood, The Sunrise has learnt. The Director of Uganda Blood Transfusion Services, Dorothy Kyeyune revealed that the country faces a shortage of 140,000 units of blood (41%) of the required …

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10 reasons why you must drink more water

Drinking plenty of water is a healthy habit

As we begin the year, let us think about the single most important nutrient ever – WATER. The body desperately craves water when it is not given enough on a daily basis, but do you know how it negatively impacts the body’s function? Water is imperative to keeping excellent health, …

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Ebola vaccine certain after trial proves highly effective

A nurse walks into a ward for suspected Ebola patients. The disease wrecked havoc in Uganda through several outbreaks

An Ebola vaccine trial that was conducted in Guinea in 2015, has proved highly effective in preventing infection from of the most deadly diseases the world has ever seen, reveal reports by the World Health Organisation and the medical journal The Lancet. The vaccine, called rVSV-ZEBOV, was studied in a …

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Meningitis outbreak confirmed in Nakaseke District

  The Ministry of Health has warned of an outbreak of acute bacterial meningitis in Kinyogoga sub-county Nakaseke District. The ministry says surveillance and laboratory tests by its officials had confirmed that 16 people were infected by the deadly disease. The Ministry attributed the outbreak to overcrowding among infected people. …

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Be careful with these popular drinks during Christmas

Sugarly drinks to avoid

The Christmas Holidays are just around the corner. Christmas is a time for celebration and festivities and that usually goes along with feasting and eating. Because we are generally becoming more aware of the dangers of the sugary drink called soda, many are resorting to sugar free or diet soda …

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2 out of 3 doctors run away from Uganda after qualifying

Prof. Francis Omaswa, the Executive Director (ACHEST)

Health experts from across Africa have expressed dismay at the failure by the Uganda government to introduce measures to stem the uncontrolled wave of brain drain that is adversely affecting the health of Ugandans. The experts voiced their disappointment during the 3rd Congress of the African Health System Governance network …

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