Malaria cases likely to spike due to invasive weed entry in East Africa

The malaria-causing mosquitos have found a new safe haven in an invasive plant previously known to be habitat in South and North America. Researchers from Kenya-based International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) say they have generated new evidence of the immense threat posed by a highly destructive invasive plant, known scientifically as Parthenium hysterophorus.…

Missing COVID-19 funds discovered by Parliament

The Parliament Covid-19 Taskforce committee has discovered discrepancies in the Ministry of Health Covid-19 expenditure. The accountability report was presented to the committee by the Minister, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng. This is highlighted in the committee report that is scheduled to be presented before parliament by Chairperson Abdu Katuntu. During the financial year 2019/2020, parliament…

New software to capture worldwide cancer data launched

CanStaging⁺, a user-friendly tool aimed at facilitating the recording of comparable cancer staging data worldwide, has been launched. The tool has been developed by researchers from Queen’s University Belfast, the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry (NICR), the International Agency for Research on Cancer and the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). CanStaging+ will facilitate the recording…

Museveni blames parliament for delay in COVID-19 vaccines procurement

President Yoweri Museveni has blamed the 10th Parliament for delaying the procurement of COVID-19 vaccines, even as the country struggled to beat the pandemic during the first wave.  The Government Chief Whip Thomas Tayebwa today told the Chairpersons and Vice Chairpersons of the different Parliamentary committees that the President was unhappy about the delays in…

Bukedea district regiters over a thousand teenage pregnancies since second lock down

The office of the district community development officer in Bukedea district has registered over one thousand teenage girl pregnant since the second lock down was imposed by the government.  The girls were seeking for antenatal care at Kachumbala County in the period since the 42 lock down was announced. Uganda has the highest teenage pregnancy…

Activists decry public health measures against COVID-19 spread

The Ministry of Health has dismissed calls by activists for the resignation of Permanent Secretary Dr Diana Atwine. Ministry of Health Spokesperson Emmanuel Ainebyona says it is because of Dr. Atwine’s plausible performance that she was re-appointed by the President, and has described the the activists as attention seekers. The Union of Human Rights Defenders Uganda on Thursday called…