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Ebola fight is not anywhere near over

The fight on Ebola is not anywhere near over

The Ebola virus has claimed more than 3,800 lives in West Africa where is broke lose two months ago. It’s very contagious disease and spreads very fast by touch on an infectious person.

The Ebola disease is not anywhere near containment and continues to spread and consume more lives.. The AIDS virus is top-est of disease that have consumed many lives but the disease is fear to be the new AIDS if not curbed down quickly. 

e-cigarette, its charger and the liquid tobacco that is used in it

The World Health Organisation (WHO) suggests a ban on indoor electric cigarettes (e-cigarette) use and prohibits sell to children.

In a report WHO disclaims e-cigarettes being harmless as the rumors have it until when concrete evidence is produced saying otherwise. 

WHO experts warn that the products might pose a threat to children especially to those below 18 years and the unborn in pregnant women.

Uganda on alert following Ebola out-break in West Africa

In response to the current out break of Ebola in West African countries; Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Nigeria, Uganda has taken extra measures to prevent the spread of the epidemic from crossing into its borders.

Having  fallen prey to the epidemic more than three times that is,the last time she was hit  being August 2012. The government collaborating with the America’s Center for Disease Control (CDC)  established Ebola Units to always be on alert to hand such cases.

Rosemary Namubiru (in blue) in court. Image source: Google

Rosemary namubiru received a 3 year  jail sentence for negligence. The HIV+ nurse was charged with having negligently used an intravenous needle, the needle she had accidentally piecered herself with and used it on a 2 year old baby, the court ruled.

The baby survived being infected with the virus because the doctors acted fast and administered the Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) treatment. 

According to news sources, Daniel Mushabe (father of the baby) who welcomed the judgment said he hopes that the president would use the scandal as reason to sign the bill criminalizing those found to transmit HIV knowingly.

A help worker in Uganda agrees to a bride in order to issue a fake certificate

It has been revealed that private clinics in Uganda are issuing fraud HIV negative certificates to help people get jobs.

In an undercover investigation carried out by Catherine Byaruhanga, a BBC journalist. Over a hundred private clinics in Kampala, Uganda’s capital, the reporter discovered that 12 of the 15 visited clinics were willing issue the fake negative result certificates. With a fellow reporter they would visit private clinics under the pretense that they we HIV positive.

Catherine reported that one of the laboratory technicians said it would be risky for him to issue the fake certificate but, he later accepted at a cost of $20 (50000Shs). It is said that the fake certificates have everything to make then look real and official including the clinic’s stamp and the signature of the health worker. 

A police man exposes Rose Namubiru’s face as she attempts to hide  from journalists’ cameras

Rose Namubiru, 65-year-old a nurse at Victoria Medical Centre, in Kampala – Uganda was arrested for allegedly drawing her own HIV-infected blood and injecting it into a 2 year old child; a patient at the clinic.

Namubiru insists that the incident at the clinic was a total accident. The matter is now before the courts of law.

According to police sources, the child was taken for treatment and Namubiru was allocated to administer an injection to it.  According to a statement  by the mother of the child, Namubiru pierced her finger and drew some blood first and then injected it in the child. The mother says her suspicion rose when she noticed blood drops falling from the nurse’s finger as she was injecting her child and she screamed for help.

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