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Ebola Fight: EU donates Shs 14bn to Uganda and South Sudan

he European Union has announced an emergency funding of 3.5 million Euros (Shs 14bn) to strengthen rapid detection and reaction to Ebola cases in Uganda and South Sudan.     

Emmanuel Davies Gyezaho, the press and information officer, European Union Delegation to Uganda, says that out of released funds, 2.5 million euros (about Shs 10.7 billion) is for Uganda and 1 million euros (about Shs 4 billion) for South Sudan.

Ebola suspected victim tests negative in Kisoro, Uganda

A five-year-old girl who’d been confined at the Bunagana border in Kisoro district has tested negative to Ebola virus disease.  

The girl was among a group of 51 refugees who arrived at Bunagana border on Tuesday night from Itungo village, North Kivu province of the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. They were reportedly crossing to Nyakabande Transit Centre in Kisoro district when they were intercepted. 

Ebola kills another person in Kasese, Uganda

 Another person who tested positive of Ebola in Kasese has died. 

The deceased is the grandmother to the five-year-old boy who succumbed to the same disease on Tuesday night. 

Dr Yusuf Baseke the Kasese District Health Officer says the old woman who has been undergoing treatment at the Ebola Treatment Unit at Bwera Hospital in Mpondwe-Lhubiriha town council died on Wednesday evening. 

Uganda set to repatriate Ebola patients back to DRC

Uganda is set to repatriate the five confirmed and suspected Ebola patients back to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The five cases are all from the same family that recently travelled to DRC to attend the burial of a relative, who succumbed to the deadly virus.

Ebola Update ; 3 dead in Uganda

A five-year-old boy with the first confirmed case of the deadly Ebola virus in Uganda has died, sources have confirmed.

The child was receiving care at an Ebola treatment centre in Kasese near the western border with the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The source from Kasese, who spoke to the Nation on condition of anonymity because the person is not authorised to speak publicly, said details on the child’s death would be announced later on Wednesday.

Health ministry to conduct ebola ring vaccination in Kasese, Uganda

The Ministry of Health is set to carry out ring vaccination of all persons believed to have come into contact with a confirmed Ebola case in Kasese district.  The vaccination is scheduled to start on Thursday June 14, 2019.

It will cover all persons suspected to have come into contact with a five-year-old boy, who tested positive to Ebola on Tuesday June 11, all persons who came into contact with the direct contacts, and at-risk health workers who were not previously vaccinated.

Pilot killed in Helicopter crash atop foggy Manhatan

The pilot involved in the deadly helicopter crash at a Midtown skyscraper Monday had told air traffic controllers he was having problems as he flew through heavy fog and rain, law enforcement sources told The Post.

The pilot — identified as Tim McCormack — had just dropped off his boss at the 34th Street heliport on the east side prior to the crash-landing, sources said.

Secondary Student killed in rival schools clashes in Kabale

At least one student has been killed in clashes between students of Kigezi high school and their rivals from Nyabikoni secondary school in Kabale district.

The deceased, Rogers Bakashaba, a Kigezi high school student and resident of Mbarara district met his death at around 5pm on Sunday evening.

According eyewitnesses, trouble started after a group of boys from Kigezi high school escaped from school armed with knives, machetes, clubs and sticks and invaded a boys hostel at Nyabikoni secondary school located in Kanyakiriro village in central division in Kabale municipality.

UVRI set to conduct trials to reduce yellow fever vaccine dosage

The Uganda Virus Research Institute-UVRI is to start a new trial aimed at reducing the dosage of the yellow fever vaccine.

During the trial, a fifth of the yellow fever dosage 0.1 millilitres will be given to participants. The global recommended dose of yellow fever vaccination is 0.5 millilitres.

Ministry of Health set roll out mass measles, polio vaccination in schools

The Ministry of Health is to roll out a mass immunization campaign for polio and measles in schools. The campaign will cover all children between nine months and 15 years of age.

The five-day campaign is scheduled to take place from 18th to 22 September 2019.

During the campaign, children will receive vaccines for measles, rubella and polio.

German ex-nurse convicted of killing 85 patients

A former nurse has been convicted of murdering 85 patients at two hospitals in northern Germany and handed a life sentence.

Judge Sebastian Buehrmann described Niels Högel’s killing spree as “incomprehensible”.

Ebola death soar past 1,400 in Democratic Republic of Congo

More than 2,000 cases of the Ebola virus have hit the Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to the nation’s health ministry. The 1,346 deaths make it the second-deadliest Ebola outbreak in history.

On Monday, the Ministry of Health said 539 people have been cured of the virus.

US marines returning to civilian life struggle with PTSD, homelessness, and addiction.

Roger Schultz served as a cannoneer sergeant in the US Marine Corps. He liked serving, because “I learned how to be a Marine and nothing else. You always had somebody on your side.”

Eventually he quit the Marin Corps to be back with his family, but his wife left him the following year and his life spiraled out of control. Schultz ended up living out of his truck, barely getting by.

Health workers overwhelmed as Namugongo pilgrims numbers soar

 Health workers screening pilgrims at the Uganda Martyrs Shrine, Namugongo are overwhelmed with the numbers amid limited human resource and inadequate supplies.

A number of screening centres were set up by the Ministry of Health in the wake of an Ebola crisis that has devastated the Democratic Republic of Congo for close to ten months.  Each pilgrim at Namugongo is screened to determine their temperature, and places they have visited prior to the pilgrimage.

Motor accident claims life of a Ugandan in USA, survivor with serious injuries cries for help

Muyomba Henry a Ugandan who has been working and living in the United States in California perished in a motor accident in Los Angeles. Muyomba was travelling with his close friend George Francis Lukamu who survived narrowly and almost kissed death. Lukamu is admitted in hospital with serious injuries.

Nalumansi Joline a sister to Lukamu has told Whisper Eye that his brother is in critical conditions and it is very difficult to know when he can be discharged due to immense injuries he attained. Nalumansi has pleaded to well wishers to help Lukamu by fundraising towards the clearance of the medical bills.

Uganda Constitutional court dismisses petition challenging Tobacco Act

The panel of five Justices of the constitutional court has dismissed an application challenging the constitutionality of the Tobacco Control Act 2016 citing lack of merit.

The judges are Alfonse Owiny Dollo, the Deputy Chief Justice, Kenneth Kakuru, Fredrick Engonda-Ntende, Hellen Obura and Ezekiel Muhanguzi.