Dr. Diana Atwine Unveils Cutting-Edge Facilities at Uganda Virus Research Institute

ENTEBBE,(UG)-Dr. Diana Atwine, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health, has commissioned new offices and laboratories at the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) in Entebbe Municipality.

Among the new infrastructure is the Medical Research Council (MRC) clinic built to conduct research on infectious and non-communicable diseases.

Other commissioned facilities include a library built for the collection and storage of books among other media material accessible for use by the institute’s scientists and members of allied institutions. Officially opened on Friday was also a sample reception facility that will be the first point of contact and where specimens requiring analysis will be received.

Atwine lauded the management and staff of UVRI plus partners for the new infrastructural developments as well as the scientific research work that was extended from infectious diseases to include non-communicable diseases. Established in 1936, UVRI is a government research institute with a mandate to engage in health research of human infections and disease processes associated with viral aetiology.  

It has been at the forefront to investigate disease outbreaks such as COVID-19 where it was the only scientific investigating institution in the initial three months of the outbreak.

Luweero Mortuary Attendants Take Drastic Action Over Unpaid Allowances

LUWERO,(UG)-Staff members at Luweero Town Council were on the morning of Wednesday the 6th of December,2023 welcomed by a heavy stench after mortuary attendants dumped two decomposing corpses at their offices in protest against non-payment of their wages and disrespect.

The foul smell from the decomposing human corpses caused more scare as residents kept a distance from the Town Council Offices until the protesting mortuary attendants retrieved the bodies after a brief meeting with officials from the town council.

Rashida Namatovu, a resident of Kiwogozi zone in Luweero Town Council who blamed officials for failing to clear allowances of the mortuary attendants, revealed that while the protest was genuine, the action caused discomfort to many people, causing more scare to children in specific.

But the mortuary attendants supported their action claiming that they are not given the body bags among other materials required to safely move the unclaimed bodies to the public cemetery for burial.

The mortuary attendants accuse the Luweero Town Council authorities of failing to pay their respective allowances between the months of April and November 2023 totalling Shs990,000 per person. But Luweero Town Council Vice Chairperson, Nathan Lumu, in a brief interview with journalists claimed that the delay in having the allowances cleared is a result of the late release of funds by the government, and the small revenue resource envelope at the town council.

Early this year, the Luweero Hospital management had appealed to the district authorities over the increasing costs incurred in managing the human bodies at the mortuary that remain unclaimed for more than 3 days.

Unveiling the Reality: Statistics and Insights on HIV Prevalence in Uganda from MUJHU Research, Hiv Infection High Among Girls

KAMPALA,(UG)-As Uganda celebrates World AIDS Day today, scientists and researchers from the Makerere University – John Hopkins University (MUJHU) research collaboration say females still have higher HIV infections.Josephine Nabukenya, the youth coordinator for the Stephen Lewis Foundation Programme at MUJHU says there are more infections in women, especially teen mothers, than men.

According to Nabukenya, whose remarks were in a media interview yesterday in Kampala, rape and sexual assaults lead to the shoot up in HIV infections among women, adding that the financial situation has also often pushed females compared to males for the need of material wealth through reckless sexual lifestyle. With rising cases of HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, Nabukenya urged for more research to find a cure for the deadly disease believing that the introduction of antiretroviral therapy (ART) has made the research industry slow to respond to vaccines and better medication, due to laxity and complacency among the population.

Doreen Kemigisha, a public health specialist at MUJHU, called upon parents to always spare time for their children to avoid false information from spreading, regarding the disease. According to the 2017 World Health Report, the prevalence of HIV among adults aged 15 to 64 in Uganda was 6.2 percent of which 7.6 percent was among females and 4.7 percent among males.The percentage corresponds to approximately 1.4 million people living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda.

Anthrax Outbreak Alters Menu at World AIDS Day Commemoration in Rakai District

RAKAI,(UG)-Guests at today’s World AIDS Day national commemoration in Rakai District will not be served meat as the norm has been at most public functions in the area.

The resolution came following an outbreak of Anthrax which has so far claimed 17 lives and left at least 28 others sick in the nearby Kabira Sub County of Kyotera District.

Rakai District Health Officer, Moses Sakor, told our reporter today morning that they received a directive from the President’s Office to serve their guests with other sauce(s) for fear of slaughtering an infected animal.

The Ministry of Health confirmed an Anthrax outbreak on Monday this week, long after locals thought the disease was witchcraft. Humans acquire Anthrax, a bacterial disease, from infected animals or occupational exposure to affected or contaminated animal products.Now, the Rakai District LC V chairperson, Samuel Kaggwa Ssekamwa, has urged all residents to avoid eating meat when they are not sure about its source, with the Kyotera District Health Officer, Dr Edward Muwanga, committing to sensitize communities to contain the spread of the disease.

This year’s World AIDS Day under the theme: “Let Communities Lead” is being commemorated Rakai District, which is part of the Greater Masaka sub-region, where the first HIV case in Uganda was identified in 1982.