WEEKLY HEALTH NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

Minister Kaducu tasks school heads to end the teenage marriage

By Daily Monitor;

The State Minister for Primary Education, Ms. Joyce Moriku Kaducu, has tasked all school heads and teachers at all levels to “fight hard” and end teenage and early pregnancies among school-going children.

https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/news/national/minister-kaducu-tasks-school-heads-to-end-teenage-marriage-3723528 

Two glasses of wine are enough to hit the daily sugar limit

By BBC; 

Analysis of more than 30 bottles of wine has found two glasses could be enough to reach the recommended daily sugar limit for adults.

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-60390314 

Malawi finds Africa’s first wild polio case in five years

By BBC; 

Malawi has declared a wild polio outbreak after a case was identified in a three-year-old girl - the first of its kind in Africa for more than five years.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-60429726 

Chinese scientists say new highly accurate virus test gives results within minutes

By New Vision; 

Chinese scientists say they have developed a new coronavirus test that is as accurate as a PCR lab test but gives results within four minutes.

https://www.newvision.co.ug/articledetails/126903/chinese-scientists-say-new-highly-accurate-vi 

UK's Johnson to scrap all COVID legal curbs as criticism mounts

By New Vision; 

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set Monday to announce an end to all pandemic legal curbs in England, insisting it is time to move on despite political opposition and unease from the UN's health agency.

https://www.newvision.co.ug/articledetails/127577/uks-johnson-to-scrap-all-covid-legal-curbs-as 

The truth about Oulanyah’s poor health finally came out

By Daily Monitor; 

In July 2021, Speaker Jacob Oulanyah, who had not been seen in public for nearly two months, came out to dismiss claims that he had been ill. He said he had been on a private visit to his family abroad.

https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/oped/commentary/the-truth-about-oulanyah-s-poor-health-finally-came-out-3723104 

COVID booster effectiveness wanes after 4 months, CDC study shows 

The East African; 

Booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines lose substantial effectiveness after about four months, but still provide significant protection against hospitalization, a new study has shown.

https://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/tea/science-health/covid-booster-effectiveness-3723798 

Queen Elizabeth has COVID but symptoms 'mild': palace

By The Eas Africa;

Britain's 95-year-old Queen Elizabeth II tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday but her symptoms are "mild" and she intends to continue with light duties at her Windsor Castle residence, aides said.

https://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/tea/news/world/queen-elizabeth-tests-positive-for-covid-3723786 

WHO announces first technology recipients of mRNA vaccine hub with strong support from African and European partners.

By World Health Organization; 

The global mRNA technology transfer hub was established in 2021 to support manufacturers in low- and middle-income countries to produce their own vaccines, ensuring that they have all the necessary operating procedures and know-how to manufacture mRNA vaccines at scale and according to international standards.

https://www.who.int/news/item/18-02-2022-who-announces-first-technology-recipients-of-mrna-vaccine-hub-with-strong-support-from-african-and-european-partners