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‘You were not created to use condoms’- Cardinal Wamala
HIS Eminence Emmanuel Cardinal Wamala, presiding over celebrations to mark 120 years of Nsambya Catholic Parish on Sunday, called upon the faithful to eschew sexual immorality, telling them “you were not created to use condoms”.
In a homily, replete with biblical allusions, the Cardinal, also Emeritus Archbishop of Kampala, stressed the importance of life, and the need for Christians to give ultimate value to this very precious gift from God.
“We know how it (HIV/AIDS) is transmitted. We know how it can be avoided. HIV/AIDS is not contracted like we contract flu. It can be avoided,” said the Cardinal to hundreds of faithful attending the celebrations.
Increased drug abuse becoming major concern in Uganda
Drug abuse is a public health problem that is increasingly destroying the lives of many, mostly young, people in Uganda.
Authorities say drug traffickers consider the country a good transit route due to the weak laws on drugs and poorly skilled anti-narcotics police officers. Due to increased drug trafficking through Uganda, more hard drugs like cocaine and heroine are becoming more available to those who can afford them. This situation has served to compound the drug abuse and addiction situation among Uganda’s youth. Butabika hospital, Uganda’s only psychiatric referral hospital, is reported to have more than 500 patients with drug related mental problems and the number keeps increasing.
Govt warns corrupt officials on new Shs740b health grant
Finance Minister Matia Kasaija used yesterday’s signing ceremony of the new $226 million (about Shs740 billion) Global Fund grant to warn corrupt government officials who might be tempted to swindle the money, saying the law will catch up with them. Mr Kasaija, whose ministry is one of the principle recipients of the grant, said all accounting officials should refrain from diverting the funds meant to offer care and treatment for HIV/Aids, malaria and tuberculosis patients in the country.
Pregnant women share beds at Lira health centre
There is congestion in the maternity ward of Ongica Health Centre III in Ngetta Sub-county, Lira. There is congestion in the maternity ward of Ongica Health Centre III in Ngetta Sub-county, Lira District, forcing expectant mothers to share beds. The facility, which is meant to cater for 15 expectant mothers, currently serves at least 50. The problem is compounded by the use of three quarters of the maternity ward for other activities such as immunisation and storage of chemicals for indoor residual spraying. Due to shortage of beds, some women in labour are compelled to sit on benches and lie on the floor waiting for some of their colleagues to be discharged.
Before you interdict health workers…
The Masaka Resident District Commissioner (RDC) has raised alarm over absenteeism in health centres. Daily Monitor yesterday reported that Mr Linos Ngompek has called for immediate interdiction of health workers at Kyanamukaaka Health Centre IV, accusing them of laziness and habitual absenteeism.
Absenteeism, especially in health facilities, is a major problem in Uganda. It is not surprising that when the RDC visited Kyanamukaaka Health Centre IV, he found out that many of the staff do not report for duty, and the few who show up arrive late and leave early. When he arrived at the facility at8am, only two health workers had reported and the duty roster was swiftly plucked off the noticeboard by an unidentified person.
75% pregnant women shun health units – survey
Lwengo. A nursing officer at Kinoni Health Centre III in Lwengo has said 75 per cent of expectant mothers in the district are shunning health centres for antenatal services for fear of testing for HIV/Aids.
“Our recent survey revealed that many pregnant women have abandoned health centres because they fear to test for HIV/Aids, which is a must at all our health units,” Ms Deborah Njuba said, adding that only 25 per cent of mothers go for health services.
Ms Njuba was speaking at a function where 72 children living with HIV/Aids were awarded certificates for being consistent in seeking treatment at health centres.
According to the district health officer, Dr Ronald Kaye, more than 6.3 per cent of residents in Lwengo are living with HIV/Aids, while 0.2 per cent of babies are exposed to the disease.
Dr Kaye attributed the situation to the increasing number of sex workers, especially in Kyazanga Town Council.
Using panadol to tenderise food could lead to liver damage
Paracetamol may have been made to treat mild illnesses, moderate pain from headaches, backaches, toothaches, menstrual periods, flu and to reduce fever, but some unscrupulous people have turned to using this painkiller as a tenderiser for food such as beans and molokony (animal hoof).
Paracetamol, whose generic name is Acemophen is being abused as a cooking catalyst. This is because it saves firewood as it makes foods such as beans and molokony cook faster.
CFYDDI News Team.