Government urged to promote early screening for deaf blindness

By Alice Lubwama

International organization working for deaf blind people, sense international Uganda is calling upon Government to embark on the program they introduced that promotes early screening and early intervention for children living with deaf blindness.

The organization working with the ministry of health and the Uganda Virus Research Institute started the program as a pilot project in wakiso district four years ago to identify children living with the problem and work on rehabilitating them.

The country director Sense International Uganda, Chris Yiga noted that as they interacted with the communities, they realized that there are many people living with deaf blindness but identifying and providing them with specialized support is still a big problem because no one is paying attention to them.

The organization wants Government to allocate money for maintaining the hearing and sight testing machines in Kasangati Health Centre IV and Entebbe referral hospital on top of the occupational therapist.

Muwonge Tom, councilor Kasangati town council and chairperson health committee Wakiso district commended Sense International for the job well done in screening a number of children in this area and training the staff at the health centers on how to handle children living with deaf blindness.

Muwonge promised that his committee of health will take up the matter to the district council to ensure that the proagram continues.

Dr Paul kabazi kaweesi in charge of kasangati health centre , said that many of the children who are presenting with deaf blindness in early child hood had their mothers infected with rubella.

Kabazi said that only last year his centre screened over 50 children with deaf blindness.

He calls for the sensitization of all pregnant mothers to screen for rubella and ask those who have not got been vaccinated to to receive it since deaf blindness is associated with this virus.

Government to rehabilitate Mwana Mugimu Nutritional unit

By Daudi Zirimala

The ministry of Health is in plans to rehabilitate Mwana Mugimu Nutrition Unit at Mulago Hospital to become a center of excellence where Ugandans can be sensitized about proper nutrition for their bodies and Children.

This was revealed by the Principle Administrator Mulago Hospital Dr. David Nuwamanya while receiving nutrition kits from Nile Breweries saying many Ugandans have resorted to eating unhealthy foods which has caused many of them to suffer from non communicable disease.

He said that one rehabilitation of Mulago specialized hospital is done; they will embark on sensitizing people on how they can feed themselves with food containing nutrients.

Parents advised to take girls to school in order to curb FGM

By Patricia Osman
As Uganda joins the rest of the world to commemorate the International day of zero tolerance to Female genital mutilation, parents in areas where the act is practiced are strongly warned to keep the girls in schools where they cannot be easily persuaded or influenced into the act.
Hon. Margret Komuhangi, the Chairperson of the Parliamentary committee on Gender, Labor and Social Development says the practice continues Kapchorwa, Bukwo, Nakapiripirit, Amudat among other districts.
FGM is practiced by one per cent (1%) of Uganda’s population. Uganda passed the Prohibition of FGM Act in 2010 however experts say it doesn’t carry stringent measures.
FGM practice involves partial or total removal of the external female genitalia for non-therapeutic reasons.
Globally, it is estimated that at least 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone some form of FGM.

Rift Valley Fever outbreak claims on life in Kabale district

A Burundian long distance truck driver has succumbed to Rift valley Fever in the isolation unit at Kabale Regional Referral Hospital. Isa Ndimurukundo died on Tuesday evening a few hours after he was picked up by the surveillance team from Katuna border town and admitted in the isolation unit.
Dr. Patrick Tusiime, the Kabale District Medical Officer confirmed the death of Ndimurukundo. According to Tusiime, Ndimurukundo was admitted in the isolation unit when he presented with signs of Rift valley Fever. Samples for the patient were taken to Uganda Virus Research Institute for screening but the results are yet to come out.

The Rift Valley Fever outbreak in Kabale district was confirmed on March 11, 2016.  Rift Valley Fever is a viral infection that primarily affects animals, but also has the capacity to infect humans. It presents with fever, severe illness and abortions in animals.

According to World Health Organization, the fever is transmitted to humans through poor handling of animal tissue during slaughtering, veterinary procedures or disposal of carcasses or fetuses. Majority of human infections result from contact with blood or organs of infected animals and persons.
The surveillance team has already picked samples from over 40 animals and 10 people across the district for testing at the Uganda Virus Research Institute. Currently two people are under strict monitoring after they tested positive.

A person suffering from Rift Valley Fever may have either no symptoms or a mild illness associated with fever and liver abnormalities. However, in some patients, the illness can progress to haemorrhagic fever, inflammation of the brain which can lead to headaches, coma or seizures or eye disease.  People who become ill usually experience fever, generalised weakness, back pain, dizziness and weight loss at the onset of the illness.


North Korea accuses US of using Africa as a bio weapon testing ground

North Korea is accusing the US of spreading the Ebola virus, claiming it has been “bent on the development of bio-weapons” in order to achieve world supremacy.

The secretive state reacted strongly to the Ebola outbreak by closing its border to tourists and quarantining anyone who does enter.

Now, a report by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) is claiming an aide to ex-President Reagan informed them the US had invented a progenitor of Ebola virus “for the purpose of launching a biological warfare”.

The aide was named as Roberts, who The Washington Post said could be a reference to Paul Craig Roberts, an economist.

Mr Roberts recently published a blog post entitled ‘Is The US Government The Master Criminal Of Our Time?’ which cited work published by two academics on Ebola.

Only a few weeks after a UN resolution condemned the country’s human right’s record, The KCNA criticized the US for its own human rights record.

The article said the US had given $140 million (£89 million) to a pharmaceutical company for research into the virus and chose Africa as a bio-weapon testing ground. It credited this claim to an unnamed Liberian professor.
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It also claimed that the “US Department of Health and Human Services” admitted that the US “imperialists” have long conducted “vivisections with fatal epidemics, inflicting untold sufferings on mankind”.

It added: “Russian, Singaporean and American newspapers criticised that the US developed anti-Ebola virus vaccine through experiment on Ebola contagion, but has prevented this vaccine from being known to the world, only for its own interests.”

It also went on to claim that the Aids pandemic was also created by the US. In one final accusation, it said: “As already known to everyone, the US is the world’s biggest nuke possessor.”