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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. Ministry of Health has given Adjumani district a state of art Genexpert machine used in the testing of Tuberculosis (TB) bacterium.
ADJUMANI. Adjumani general hospital in Adjumani district is operating without a functional X-ray machine.
Adjumani district has been placed in the first position in West Nile Region for its outstanding performance in managing Tuberculosis (TB) cases.
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..............
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.
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. 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. Arua district council has unanimously approved an action plan that seeks to address gender-based violence (GBV) among communities.
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. Arua regional referral hospital that has been operating without a board of governors for the past two years has finally installed new ones.
The West Nile region is headed for improvement in the rural water quality following the establishment of two testing laboratories.
ARUA. Enabel is injecting sh4.5b to augment the results based financing project in 49 selected health facilities in the West Nile region.
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.
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 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.
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.
MARACHA. Locals in Maracha district are unhappy at the slow pace the construction of a maternity ward at Maracha health centre IV is taking.
KOBOKO. The delayed fulfilment of a hospital status for Koboko health centre IV has angered Koboko district officials.
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.
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.
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.
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..........
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.
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....
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.
MARACHA. Officials of Maracha district have commissioned the outpatients' department (OPD) block of their first public health centre IV.
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.
MARACHA. A nutrition and food security project in its second year of implementation is steadily curbing malnutrition in Maracha district, officials have said.
MOYO. President Yoweri Museveni has pledged that the government will take over the administration and management of Moyo School of nursing and midwifery.
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.
ARUA. The Ministry of Health has announced plans to start vaccinating health workers against Ebola in the West Nile region.
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.
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.
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.
ADJUMANI. Adjumani district health department in partnership with Medical teams international has embarked on training of health workers on Ebola surveillance and detection skills.
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.
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.
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.
ZOMBO. Health workers in Zombo district have expressed worry over the escalating malaria positivity rate which they say has hit epidemic level.
ARUA. Foundation for International Healthcare (KOFIH), a Korean government agency has donated an Ambulance to Arua Regional Referral Hospital (ARRH).
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.
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.
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.
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.
MOYO. Lutheran World Federation (LWF) has donated medical equipment worth Ushs126.6 million to Moyo district local government.
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.
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.
ZOMBO. The ministry of health has confirmed the outbreak of pneumonic plague in Paryema village, Warr sub-country, Zombo district.
NEBBI. The ministry of health with support from the World Health Organization has launched the integrated oral cholera vaccination campaign in Uganda.
MOYO. Behind the iconic Moyo parish church, there is a breathtaking orphanage where children disadvantaged by loss of mothers at infancy get their second chance to live decent lives.
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