Teen pregnant girls in Gulu abusing abortion inducing medication

Teen pregnant girls in Gulu are self prescirbing abortion inducing medication as they try to get rid of the unwanted pregnancies. Now health officials in Gulu district are calling for the regulation of the sale of abortion-inducing drugs. The proposal comes amidst a reported rise in health complications coupled with deaths among teenage girls practising unsafe…

Uganda parents demand sexuality education back in school curriculum

Parents and educationists in Rwenzori region want the government to reconsider disseminating Sexual and Reproductive Health-SRH messages through schools as they re-open this month. They also want the government to extend sexual and reproductive health services to sexually active learners in schools.  The National Sexuality Education Framework was developed in response to the urgent need for…

Uganda hospital drops antibiotic after being threatened by Antimicrobial Resistance

Kabale regional referral hospital has suspended the use of an antibiotic, IV Ceftrianxone 1g powder citing ineffectiveness in treating some bacterial infections.    IV Ceftrianxone 1g powder is an antibiotic used by health workers to treat bacterial infections and diseases like urinary tract infections, gonorrhea, pneumonia, skin infections, and pelvic inflammatory diseases among others.  Antimicrobials…

Kabarole district and Fort Portal city Establish Covid-19 Vaccination Centres at Police Check points

Kabarole District and Fort Portal city authorities have resolved to establish COVID-19 vaccination centers at every police checkpoint on major roads leading to and out of the city and the district.  The decision is aimed at ensuring that unvaccinated people get the COVID-19 jab as one of the containment measures. Kabarole Resident District Commissioner, Julian Ayesiga…

MOH Registers Low Response by Eldery Persons to Covid-19 Vaccination

The Ministry of Health is concerned about the low response of elderly persons in the ongoing vaccination campaign against Covid-19 disease, Doctor Allan Muruta, the Commissioner for Integrated Epidemiology and Surveillance services has indicated. In March this year, the Ministry of Health launched a voluntary Covid-19 vaccination campaign, giving priority to highly at risk populations…

New Platform Counters Unacceptable Imbalance in Childhood Cancer Survival Rates

A new initiative has been unveiled to ensure that children with cancer living in low and middle-income countries have uninterrupted access to affordable, safe and effective medicines.  The Global Platform for Access to Childhood Cancer Medicines, launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the United States, offers an…