WEEKLY HEALTH NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

Covid booster efficacy wanes significantly by fourth month- US study

By Daily Monitor; 

The efficacy of third doses of the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines wanes substantially by the fourth month after administration, a new study by the US Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says. 

https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/news/world/covid-booster-efficacy-wanes-significantly-by-fourth-month-us-study-3713988 

COVID-19: A third of adults over 65 develop medical conditions after infection

By The Jerusalem Post;

A new peer-reviewed study published in the British Medical Journal examined the risk of delayed medical conditions brought on as a result of COVID-19 infection and determined that almost one in three adults aged 65 or older who became infected during 2020 developed at least one new condition during the months following diagnosis.

https://m.jpost.com/health-and-wellness/coronavirus/article-696233 

About Uganda’s usurious non-profit health facilities

By Daily Monitor;

Health workers like to work at PNFP facilities because their government-paid salaries are enhanced with allowances.

https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/oped/commentary/about-uganda-s-usurious-non-profit-health-facilities-3713716 

Medics blast forces over persistent torture

By NTV;

The Uganda Medical Association has joined the list of institutions condemning the recent torture acts against detained suspects. They are instead calling for proper treatment of the suspects to prevent the devastating after-effects.

https://www.ntv.co.ug/ug/news/national/medics-blast-forces-over-persistent-torture-3714762 

Ugandans struggle to access COVID-19 vaccination certificates

By The Independent; 

The Ministry of Health’s failure to address the challenges faced in capturing data of all vaccinated persons who took COVID-19 jabs on its portal has left many Ugandans stranded.

https://www.independent.co.ug/ugandans-struggle-to-access-covid-19-vaccination-certificates/ 

South Africa’s Ramaphosa, WHO boss discuss COVID-19 vaccine production 

By New Vision; 

Ramaphosa welcomed this oversight visit by the WHO as an opportunity to profile the depth of intellectual and technological capacity on the African continent, and the integrity with which intellectual property is being leveraged to enable vaccine production in Africa.

https://www.newvision.co.ug/articledetails/126928/south-africas-ramaphosa-who-boss-discuss-covi 

ACT-Accelerator calls for fair share-based financing of US$ 23 billion to end pandemic as a global emergency in 2022

By World Health Organization; 

With a significant proportion of the global population still unable to get vaccinated, tested, or treated, US$ 16 billion in grant funding is urgently required from governments to fund the work of the ACT-Accelerator agencies. This investment will allow them to procure essential tools to fight COVID-19 and provide them to low- and middle-income countries.

https://www.who.int/news/item/09-02-2022-act-accelerator-calls-for-fair-share-based-financing-of-usdollar-23-billion-to-end-pandemic-as-global-emergency-in-2022 

U.S. COVID DEATH RATE HIGHEST AMONG RICH NATIONS

By John Hopkins University; 

With the number of U.S. COVID-19 deaths climbing toward 1 million, the United States now has the highest death rate among the world’s wealthiest nations, most of which have also vaccinated far more of their populations.

https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/from-our-experts/u-s-covid-death-rate-highest-among-rich-nations 

A large number of children living with undetected HIV, experts warn

By the East African; 

Health experts say 166,000 children living with HIV in Tanzania, Zambia, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, and Zimbabwe are not on antiretroviral therapy (ART) and this is indicative of the prevalence of missed HIV diagnosis among children in sub-Saharan Africa. 

https://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/tea/science-health/large-number-of-children-living-undetected-hiv-experts-warn-3714248 

Blood pressure warning over long-term paracetamol use

By BBC; 

People with high blood pressure who take paracetamol on prescription could be increasing their risk of heart attacks and strokes, a study suggests.

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-60289790