Russia develops First Covid-19 vaccine

With  more than 20 million cases of covid-19 recorded worldwide and at least 736,000 deaths, according to  John Hopkins University data, and a daily resurgence in the number of cases across the world there has been a much needed desire for a vaccine to reduce on these unwanted statistics. On Tuesday, Russia officially registered the first coronavirus vaccine developed by the Moscow-based Gamaleya Institute, President Vladimir Putin said on Russian state Tv. Speaking in a live teleconference with his cabinet ministers, Putin said the vaccine had gone through all the…

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Scientists support vaccine trials for COVID-19 in Africa

Scientists say that it is vital that Africans take part in the vaccine testing to avoid jeopardizing  efforts to find a vaccine that works worldwide – and not just for richer nations. 2 months ago World Health Organization (WHO), announced a global “solidarity trial” looking at finding promising treatments for Covid-19, as there are no known cures yet, an effective vaccine would play a critical role in preventing and controlling the pandemic, and it would also train people’s immune systems to fight the virus stopping them from falling sick There have been…

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Africa could be the next center of attraction for COVID 19.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that Africa could become the next epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak. UN officials also say it is likely the pandemic will kill at least 300,000 people in Africa and push nearly 30 million into poverty. The past week in Africa has seen a sharp rise in coronavirus cases with almost 1,000 deaths and almost 19,000 infections across Africa, so far much lower rates than in parts of Europe and the US. The UN Economic Commission for Africa – which warned 300,000 could die –…

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Covid-19 Kenya’s cases rise to 216 as 8 more test positive.

As Uganda’s COVID-19 curve drops, its neighbor country Kenya’s total coronavirus tally has risen to 216 after eight more people tested positive for the virus in the last 24 hours. This was announced by the Health CAS Mercy Mwangangi. While speaking during the daily update on Covid-19 at Afya House, Nairobi, Mwangangi said the eight new cases were from the 694 samples tested. She said of the new cases, six are from quarantine centre while two were picked by the ministry’s surveillance team. Of the new cases 5 are Kenyans while…

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Health ministry tracing 17000 returnees to undergo Covid-19 testing

The Ministry of Health continues to trace over 17000 people who flew into the country from Covid-19 worst hit countries between March 7 and 22, to undergo mandatory quarantine and testing. While delivering a statement on the 14-day lockdown to parliament yesterday, Health Minister, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng said flight manifest indicates that a total of 18860 travellers arrived in Uganda in the said period. However, only 1026 have undergone mandatory quarantine and testing. “We are tracing them with the help of security. We want to have all of them…

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WHO Chief warns against politicising the Corona Virus Pandemic

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has urged unity, as the agency comes under continued fire from US President Donald Trump. Speaking on Wednesday, Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus defended the WHO’s work and called for an end to the politicisation of Covid-19. Mr Trump said he would consider ending US funding for the UN agency. He accused the WHO of being “very China-centric” and said they “really blew” their pandemic response. Dr Tedros has now dismissed the comments, insisting: “We are close to every nation, we are colour-blind.”…

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Dr Jane Ruth Aceng confident on COVID-19 fight

The Minister of Health, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, has told Parliament that to strengthen surveillance and treatment services for COVID-19 in the country, an additional 220 health workers are being recruited on short term contracts of six months following approval by Cabinet. “By end of last week, 40 Epidemiologists, 50 Medical Officers and 10 Medical Officers – Special Grade had been recruited,” Dr Aceng said, adding that recruitment of 50 nurses, 40 anesthetists and 10 laboratory technologists among others will be completed this week. The minister was updating Parliament on…

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Parliament boosts COVID-19 battle with Shs 284 billion in supplementary budget

Parliament has approved Shs 284 billion to combat the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. Approved under Addendum 2, of the Supplementary Expenditure Schedule No. 2 for Financial Year 2019/2020, the Shs 284 billion will be used by the Health, Security and Local Government sectors, Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) and the Ministry of Disaster Preparedness and Refugees. The report on the supplementary expenditure for approval by the House was presented by the Chairperson of the Budget Committee, Hon. Amos Lugoloobi, during plenary sitting on Tuesday, 07 April 2020 presided over…

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Cancer survivor becomes an entrepreneur.

Every 4th of February is marked the world cancer day, with the theme #IAMIWILL, intended to give hope and strengthen all cancer victims and all those that were affected indirectly. Meet Moses Echodu a 29year old young man who is a project manager at Craft Silicon Foundation, CEO News Libre and a cancer survivor, as he shares his story of discovery as a cancer patient and all through the healing journey. It all started when I was about 7 years of age, with my backbone infected and later I was…

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Coronavirus most likely to spread globally, scientists say.

India’s Ministry of Health has confirmed the first case of coronavirus in the country. The patient is a student in the southern state of Kerala and was studying at Wuhan University. The ministry said in a statement that the patient tested positive for the virus and is in isolation in hospital. No further details were given about the patient, such as age or gender, but the ministry said they were stable and being closely monitored. The latest numbers recorded are at least 170 people are dead and more than 7,700…

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