WEEKLY HEALTH NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

COVAX calls for urgent action to close the vaccine equity gap

By WHO;

Only 16% of people in low-income countries have received a single vaccine dose – compared to 80% in high-income countries. In certain lower-income countries, many of the most at-risk people in society – healthcare workers, the elderly and those with underlying health conditions – are going unprotected while young, healthy adults receive booster doses in wealthier countries.

https://www.who.int/news/item/20-05-2022-covax-calls-for-urgent-action-to-close-vaccine-equity-gap 

World faces big challenges over COVID, monkeypox, and wars - WHO

By BBC;

The world is facing "formidable" challenges, including Covid, the war in Ukraine and monkeypox, the head of the World Health Organization has warned.

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-61546199 

Cerebral palsy affects each person differently

By Daily Monitor;

Globally, the prevalence of Cerebral Palsy is estimated at four babies per 1,000 live births or per 1,000 children. It is more common among boys than girls but the reasons for this disparity are uncertain.

https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/magazines/healthy-living/cerebral-palsy-affects-each-person-differently-3816258 

The sci-fi technology tackling malarial mosquitos

By BBC;

One organization at the forefront of this is Target Malaria, which has developed gene drives that stop mosquitos from producing female offspring. This is important for two reasons - only the females bite, and without females, mosquito numbers will plummet

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-61505102 

DR MUSENERO: No money was sent directly to PRESIDE

By The Independent; 

The Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation, Dr. Monica Musenero has said that no funds were released directly to the Presidential Scientific Initiative on Epidemics (PRESIDE) for Covid-19 vaccine research purposes.

https://www.independent.co.ug/dr-musenero-no-money-was-sent-directly-to-preside/ 

WHO validates 11th vaccine for COVID-19

By WHO;

World Health Organization (WHO) has issued an emergency use listing (EUL) for CONVIDECIA, a vaccine manufactured by CanSino Biologics, China, adding to a growing portfolio of vaccines validated by WHO for the prevention of COVID-19 caused by SARS-CoV-2.  

https://www.who.int/news/item/19-05-2022-who-validates-11th-vaccine-for-covid-19 

Tests every man over 35 should take

By Daily Monitor;

Medical tests are a powerful way to maintain the status of your health. By avoiding doctors, men rob themselves of the chance of an early diagnosis and treatment.

https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/magazines/healthy-living/tests-every-man-over-35-should-take-3816300 

Transforming or tinkering: the world remains unprepared for the next pandemic threat

By The Lacent;

In May 2021, the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response called for the urgent implementation of a transformative package of interventions to end the COVID-19 emergency and make it the last pandemic of such devastation

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(22)00929-1/fulltext 

COVID-19: Severe cases on rise in the Teso region

By New Vision; 

The number of severe Covid-19 cases is on the rise in the Teso region, the Ministry of Health has said.

https://www.newvision.co.ug/articledetails/134498/covid-19-severe-cases-on-rise-in-teso-region 

Ugandans shun COVID-19 booster doses

The Independent;

The majority of Ugandans who were fully vaccinated against COVID-19 have not received booster doses as recommended by health professionals.

https://www.independent.co.ug/ugandans-shun-covid-19-booster-doses/