• About smoking, its effects and the uphill tasks to stop its use

    ARUA. President Yoweri Museveni in his wealth creation campaigns has over and again advised subsistence farmers never to consider tobacco as one of the crops because it would ulti..........


  • Adjumani district acquires mordern TB testing machines

    ADJUMANI. Ministry of Health has given Adjumani district a state of art Genexpert machine used in the testing of Tuberculosis (TB) bacterium.


  • Adjumani hospital lacks an x-ray machine

    ADJUMANI. Adjumani general hospital in Adjumani district is operating without a functional X-ray machine.


  • Adjumani Ranked Best in TB Management Cases

    Adjumani district has been placed in the first position in West Nile Region for its outstanding performance in managing Tuberculosis (TB) cases.


  • Aid agency delivers key x-ray machine component to Adjumani hospital

    ADJUMANI. Six years after Adjumani hospital operating without an x-ray machine, patients in Adjumani seeking x-ray services will now be saved from the burden of accessing costly x-ray..............


  • Ajikoro OPD construction work excites leaders

    MARACHA. The ongoing construction of the Out Patient’s Department (OPD) block project at Ajikoro health centre II in Oleba sub-county has excited Maracha district leadership.


  • Anite, Ayume donate solar panels to Koboko Hospital

    KOBOKO. There was relief at Koboko hospital on Thursday as the health facility received a consignment of four solar systems that were a donation from the investment and privatisation........


  • Arua blood bank gets sh25m Unicef aid

    ARUA. The Arua regional blood bank has received a sh25m aid from the United Nations children fund (UNICEF) to aid the collection of blood for three months.


  • Arua district council approves action plan on GBV

    ARUA. Arua district council has unanimously approved an action plan that seeks to address gender-based violence (GBV) among communities.


  • Arua hospital authorities deny outbreak of hemorrhagic fever

    ARUA. Authorities at Arua regional referral hospital have confirmed that the death of a 10 year old boy at the facility on Tuesday was not because of any viral hemorrhagic fever related case.


  • Arua hospital installs new board of governors

    ARUA. Arua regional referral hospital that has been operating without a board of governors for the past two years has finally installed new ones.


  • Arua, Yumbe Get Water Testing Labs

    The West Nile region is headed for improvement in the rural water quality following the establishment of two testing laboratories.


  • Belgians inject sh4.5b to support West Nile health facilities

    ARUA. Enabel is injecting sh4.5b to augment the results based financing project in 49 selected health facilities in the West Nile region.


  • Bushy health facility irks locals

    YUMBE. The local community of Romogi Sub County in Yumbe district have expressed bitterness over the poor sanitary condition of Barakala health centre III.


  • Community misconceptions, Drug and alcohol abuse fuelling rise in mental health sicknesses

    Community misconceptions, Drug and alcohol abuse fuelling rise in mental health sicknesses.

    Ms Scovia Enzaru, (not real names), a midwifery student in one of the institutions in Arua district has battled mental complications for the last four years.

    Her diagnosis at the mental health department of Arua regional referral hospital indicates mental depression that has made her a regular at this facility, she says failure to adhere to the strict medication prescriptions leads to a relapse.

    Despite this major setback that makes her dizzy most of the time of the medication, Enzaru is hoping to complete her midwifery studies in 2019 and asks any other person faced with similar conditions to comply with the medication prescriptions.

    Similarly, Mr Nelson Acidri (not real names) a teacher from Bileafe Sub County had just got a job with an aid organization in the refugee settlement when he started seeing signs like lighting and hearing strange things. Unfortunately, his own relatives ignored all his pleas for attention instead blaming him for drunkenness. He is now recovering from Arua regional referral hospital after his condition worsened at the resumption of his new teaching job.

    The two patients are part of hundreds of people that seek services here in the department of mental health that experts say is becoming busier by the day.

    Experts have as a result called on a concerted effort to deal with the drivers of the mental cases in West Nile region.

    Mr Omar CandiaMr Omar Candia explains a point during the interview.

    “People should know that mental illnesses are just like any other disease and all such cases should therefore be taken to health units”, Mr Omar Candia, the mental health department head at Arua regional referral hospital says, on the day of the global mental health.

    Candia’s plea comes at the wake of increasing cases in the region; He says the major causes of mental health illnesses in the region are drug and alcohol abuse, depression, Epilepsy, adolescent behavioural problems among others. He says youth between the ages of 15-35 form the bulk of these patients and chiefly due to substance abuse.

    The world mental health day observed every 10th of October has an overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of the same.

    It is intended to provide an opportunity for mental health workers to talk about their work and offer recommendations on what needs to be done to make mental health a reality for all people across the world.

    According to the American psychiatric association, mental illnesses are health conditions involving changes in thinking, emotion, behaviour or a combination of these and are classified in more than 200 forms.

    Candia says communities have also been hit hard with misconceptions because of little information in the society.

    “Some people believe mental illness is caused by a curse, failure to pay dowry, and we are the last option; most times the attendants end up regretting and begin to lament”, he states.

    The department receives between 5-10 new cases daily, 5-7 admissions and 30-50 cases who come to refill their medicine daily.

    Candia says Arua district leads in the cases but others like Nebbi, Maracha, Yumbe and Moyo follow which he says could partly be because of long distance.

    Smaller facilities at the districts and lower health units are ideally expected to have basic set up to manage mental cases but these, Candia says are not well managed and equipped.

    The referral hospital unit is also grappling with its own challenges, out of the expected seven psychiatric Clinical officers and 10 nurses, the department has only 3 Psychiatric clinical officers one of who by press time is for a sick leave; two of the four nurses are expected to retire at the end of the year, a phenomenon that is likely to overstretch the available staff.

    In May 2018, Dr David Basangwa, the executive director of Butabika national mental health referral hospital said majority of the patients admitted at the facility were University and high school students due to alcohol and drug abuse. He was quoted to have lamented on the increasing numbers.

    Candia appeals to members of the public to timely report any suspected cases of mental health illness to the nearest health units for adequate management before escalation.

    In 2011, the world health Organization estimated a shortage of 1.18 million mental health professionals including 55,000 psychiatrists, 628,000 nurses in mental health settings and 493,000 psycho social care providers needed to treat mental disorders in 144 low and middle income countries. It stated that the average wage bill to remove such a workforce shortage was estimated at US$4.4billion.





  • Dei community urges gov’t on medical staff

    PAKWACH. Hundreds of health service seekers at Dei health center II in Panyimur town board, Pakwach district have urged government to consider increasing the number of medical staff.


  • Delayed completion of Maternity ward at Maracha health centre IV angers locals

    MARACHA. Locals in Maracha district are unhappy at the slow pace the construction of a maternity ward at Maracha health centre IV is taking.


  • Delayed hospital status angers Koboko leaders

    KOBOKO. The delayed fulfilment of a hospital status for Koboko health centre IV has angered Koboko district officials.


  • DHOs want timely logistical support to fight malaria in pregnant women

    PAKWACH. District health officers (DHOs) in West Nile have attributed the challenges in managing the high malaria infection rate among pregnant women in the region to inadequate logistical....


  • District Health Officer cautions private clinics against positive typhoid diagnosis

    PAKWACH. A Senior District Health Official in Pakwach has cautioned private clinic operators in the area against giving positive typhoid results to patients who access their services.


  • DRC Ebola outbreak: Koboko residents call for border screening

    KOBOKO. Residents of Koboko district have urged the government of Uganda to consider screening people across the border with Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to avert possible spread of Ebola virus into the Country.


  • Ebola scare: Minister warns against handshake

    MOYO. The State Minister of Health in charge of Primary Health Care Dr Joyce Moriku Kaduchu has asked the residents of Moyo district to desist from the social and cultural practice of shaking hands.


  • Ebola threat: Congolese dodge screening at border points as they enter Uganda

    PAKWACH. Security officials in Pakwach district have expressed concern over a threat caused by Congolese nationals who enter into the country without passing through designated border..........


  • Ejiku’s Ambulance, solar panel promise excites Oli residents

    ARUA. There was excitement at Oli A and Oli B cells in River Oli Division, Arua Municipality on Monday when Robert Ejiku, one of the Arua Municipality Parliamentary by-election contenders promised to buy an Ambulance and solar panels for Oli health Centre IV.


  • Embrace measles, polio vaccination - minister urges locals

    ADJUMANI. The state minister for primary health care Dr Joyce Moriku Kaduchu has urged the local community in Adjumani district to embrace the upcoming mass immunization campaign agains....


  • Fear as over 2000 children miss vaccination against measles

    KOBOKO. An estimated 2000 children in Koboko district are said not to have been vaccinated against measles as the disease continues to ravage in communities in the district.


  • First public health centre IV OPD block commissioned

    MARACHA. Officials of Maracha district have commissioned the outpatients' department (OPD) block of their first public health centre IV.


  • Five arrested, 57 drug shops closed in NDA operation

    ARUA. A total of 57 drug shops have been closed in an operation that led to the arrest of five people including a Congolese national in the West Nile region.


  • Food security project curbing malnutrition in Maracha

    MARACHA. A nutrition and food security project in its second year of implementation is steadily curbing malnutrition in Maracha district, officials have said.


  • Government to take over Moyo School of nursing and midwifery

    MOYO. President Yoweri Museveni has pledged that the government will take over the administration and management of Moyo School of nursing and midwifery.


  • Gov’t apologizes over Arua Maternal deaths

    ARUA. The Government of Uganda has apologized for the continued death of expectant mothers in Arua Regional Referral Hospital in Arua district, West Nile Region of Uganda.


  • Health ministry set to vaccinate medics against Ebola

    ARUA. The Ministry of Health has announced plans to start vaccinating health workers against Ebola in the West Nile region.


  • Health official calls for maintenance of food hygiene at public events

    MARACHA. A sub-county health official of Oleba health centre III has appealed to locals to keep hygiene and avoid eating anything while in funerals and public events.


  • Health officials call for increased investment in the sector

    PAKWACH. District health officers in the 11 districts of the West Nile region have urged the government to prioritize issues of health in the region if the quality of the population is....


  • Health units blamed for failing to transport blood

    ARUA. District hospitals and health centre IVs have been blamed for failing to prioritize the availability of safe blood in their units by ignoring to transport it.


  • Health workers cautioned against abetting abortions

    PAKWACH. Health workers in the district have been cautioned against abetting abortions with a warning that the vice contravenes their professional code of conduct and oath.


  • Health workers undergoing training on Ebola surveillance

    ADJUMANI. Adjumani district health department in partnership with Medical teams international has embarked on training of health workers on Ebola surveillance and detection skills.


  • IDI refurbishment of Maracha health centre IV laboratory excites locals

    MARACHA. An intervention by Infectious Disease Institute (IDI) to refurbish Maracha health centre IV laboratory is causing excitement among ordinary people in Maracha town council who want the health unit to be opened.


  • Improper use of mosquito nets escalating malaria cases in Koboko

    KOBOKO. The assistant Koboko District Health Officer (DEO), Ms Rachel Witro has blamed the increasing cases of malaria infection in the district on people’s habit of misusing mosquito nets in the district.


  • Increased number of malaria patients overwhelms Adjumani hospital

    ADJUMANI. The increased number malaria and other cases patients at Adjumani general hospital is overwhelming the 100 bed capacity hospital forcing new patients to sleep on the floor.


  • Increasing malaria cases worrying Zombo medics

    ZOMBO. Health workers in Zombo district have expressed worry over the escalating malaria positivity rate which they say has hit epidemic level.


  • Koreans donate ambulance to Arua hospital

    ARUA. Foundation for International Healthcare (KOFIH), a Korean government agency has donated an Ambulance to Arua Regional Referral Hospital (ARRH).


  • Leaders want parents trained in sanitary pad making to save girls in school

    KOBOKO. The high girl-child school dropout rate due to lack of sanitary pads in Koboko district has forced local leaders to devise what they have term as a lasting solution to the problem.


  • Local NGO on spot for circumcising children without parents’ consent

    NEBBI. Infectious Disease Institute – Uganda, a local Non Governmental Organization (NGO) operating in the country has come under spotlight for circumcising under age children without the consent of their parents in Nebbi district, West Nile Region.


  • Locals calls for community awareness against Ebola at border with DRC

    KOBOKO. Local residents of Isoko cell, West division of Koboko municipality have expressed worry over possible Ebola outbreak in their area if proper sensitization against the disease is not done to create awareness among the people.


  • Locals cautioned against concealing hernia and hydrocele ailments

    PAKWACH. A team of surgeons from Mulago hospital who are for a surgical camp at Pakwach health centre IV have warned locals against concealing hernia and hydrocele ailments.


  • LWF equips Moyo health units

    MOYO. Lutheran World Federation (LWF) has donated medical equipment worth Ushs126.6 million to Moyo district local government.


  • Measles kills two as 700 new cases are registered in Nebbi

    NEBBI. Two people have succumbed to measles out of about 700 cases reported since the outbreak of the disease in Nebbi district in August 2018.


  • Midwives asked to handle expectant mothers with care

    PAKWACH. Health workers in the department of midwifery have been urged to treat mothers in active labour with respect in a bid to attract more to give birth in government health facilities.


  • Ministry of health confirms pneumonic plague outbreak Zombo

    ZOMBO. The ministry of health has confirmed the outbreak of pneumonic plague in Paryema village, Warr sub-country, Zombo district.


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