Category Archives: Covid-19

Study Finds Risk of Rare Blood Clotting Higher in COVID-19 Patients than Vaccines

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Researchers at the University of Oxford have reported that the risk of the rare blood clotting known as cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT) following COVID-19 infection is around 100 times greater than normal, several times higher than it is after vaccination or following influenza.

The study authors led by Professor Paul Harrison and Dr Maxime Taquet from Oxford University’s Department of Psychiatry counted the number of CVT cases diagnosed in the two weeks following diagnosis of COVID-19, or after the first dose of a vaccine. They then compared these to calculated incidences of CVT following influenza, and the background level in the general population.

COVID Long Way From Over as Cases and Deaths Surge – WHO

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The COVID-19 pandemic is a long way from over but there are many reasons to be optimistic, according to the head of the World Health Organisation Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. 

Although January and February saw six consecutive weeks of plummeting COVID-19 cases, the World Health Organization chief said that had gone into reverse, with last week yielding the fourth-highest number of cases in a single week so far. 

We have now seen seven consecutive weeks of increasing cases, and four weeks of increasing deaths”, told journalists at a regular media briefing. While acknowledging that vaccines are vital and powerful instruments, the WHO chief reiterated that they are not the only tools needed to defeat the coronavirus.

Elegu Residents Appeal for Massive COVID-19 Test

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The residents of Elegu town council in Amuru district are appealing for a massive COVID-19 tests to be carried out following their interaction with truck drivers whose status is unknown.

Over 2000 truck drivers from the East African countries recently staged a strike, parking their trucks at Elegu border post in protest of the armed attacks targeting their colleagues in South Sudan.

Low-Income Countries Have Received Just 0.2 Per Cent of All COVID-19 Shots Given

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The vast majority of COVID-19 vaccines administered have so far gone to wealthy nations, with only 0.2 per cent coming to low-income countries like Uganda. 

Statistics released by the World Health Organization show that on average in high-income countries 1 in 4 people has received a COVID-19 vaccine, yet in low-income countries it’s 1 in 500+. More than 700 million vaccine doses have been administered globally. 

Uganda’s Second Dose COVID-19 Jabs Could Delay -WHO Rep

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The commitment by the COVAX facility to provide Uganda with over three million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine in the first half of 2021 will be delayed, the World Health Organisation Uganda Country Representative Dr Tegnen Yonas Woldermariam said on Thursday.

Dr Tegnen told Journalists at the Ministry of Health offices in Kampala that the source for Uganda’s COVID-19 jab is the Serum Institute of India, yet the country recently announced halting vaccine exports to first, serve their domestic market.  The institute, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of coronavirus vaccines said its production capacity is very stressed.

Medicines Agency Adds Blood Clots on Possible Effects of AstraZeneca Vaccine

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COVID-19 vaccine research continuesThe European Medicines Agency has said that unusual blood clots with low blood platelets should be added as a possible adverse side effect of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

The recommendation was made after a review of 63 cases of reported blood clots that developed moments after receiving the vaccine from several European countries. The majority of the cases were among females below 60 years of age, some aged 24, who developed clots after receiving their first vaccine jab.

Vaccine: Persons with Comorbidities must present medical records before getting Covid-19 Jab

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People suffering from comorbidities will have to present medical records before they can get the COVID-19 vaccine.  

According to the Ministry of Health, presenting medical records is a safety measure to ensure that the right people get the vaccine.

This follows reports that persons that do not fall under the priority groups are getting the available few vaccines. Uganda has only been able to access 964,000 vaccines to date. Other vaccines are expected in May.

Covid-19 Vaccine: Only 4000 police officers vaccinated

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Police’s medical team will need four more weeks in Kampala vaccinating policemen and women against COVID-19. The vaccination exercise targeting 20,000 out of close to 47,000 police personnel started on March 22.

Kampala which has the highest concentration of police officers was expected to be complete in at least two weeks’ time. but the medical team has so far vaccinated 4,176 personnel, among them 3,366 policemen and 810 policewomen from the districts of Kampala, Mukono and Wakiso.

Donated COVID-19 cash to be used to set up blood banks – Dr Diana Atwiine

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The Ministry of Health received a total of Shs29billion from donations by the private sector to facilitate activities aimed at stopping further spread of COVID-19, the Permanent Secretary in the Health Ministry Dr. Diana Atwiine has said.

Rubbishing claims that the money couldn’t be accounted for, Atwiine said part of the money will be used to set up structures at border points which will serve as health worker accommodation facilities and that some of the money will be used to commence construction of blood banks in Arua and Soroti districts.

Bunyangabu Registers Poor Uptake of COVID-19 Vaccine

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Less than half of the health workers who registered for Covid-19 vaccination in Bunyangabu district have shown up to take the shot. 

The free Covid-19 vaccination in the exercise started on March 18, 2021, at Kibiito health center IV, Rwimi, Kisomoro, Kiyombya and Mitandi health center III’s.  

At least 300 health workers from both public and private health facilities across the district registered for the Covid-19 vaccination. However, only 49 have so far turned up for the AstraZeneca jab.

Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta imposes new lockdown measures over covid19

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Kenya has imposed a new lockdown to combat a surge in coronavirus infections.

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday announced a ban on all inland travel in the capital Nairobi and out four other counties.

Kenya’s Covid-19 positivity rate has jumped from 2% to 22% between January and March and Nairobi accounts for nearly 60% of the cases-

Kenyatta said that hospital admissions had increased 52% in the past two weeks and that at least seven people are dying every day from coronavirus.

What do the new measures mean?

No road, rail or air transport will be permitted in Nairobi, Kajiado, Kiambu, Machakos and Nakuru.

In person, meetings will also be banned.

As for curfew, hours now start at 20:00 until 04:00 am (instead of 22:00 until 04:00 am`) in the five counties. Special passes that allowed people to travel during curfew hours have also been revoked.

Alcohol sales in the areas have also been banned and restaurants can only provide takeaway services.

The president also ordered “an immediate suspension of all face-to-face teaching, which includes universities”, with the exception of students currently taking exams.

Kenya reopened its schools and colleges in early January, which had been closed for ten months.

All sporting events are also suspended.

International travel is permitted but subject to a negative coronavirus test.

The new measures begin on Friday at midnight.

Coronavirus in Kenya

This week Kenya recorded between 1,000 and 1,500 cases per day.

“According to our health experts, our third wave started to gain strength in early March,” said Kenyatta.

The peak of this wave is expected in the next 30 days, with more than 2,500 to 3,000 cases per day,” he added.

Recognising the impact these decisions will have on the economy, Kenyatta added that these “measures are temporary and necessary to contain the spread of the disease and therefore to stop further loss of life.”

“I am convinced that the cost of inaction would be much worse,” he said.

Africanews and AFP 

Global COVID-19 Infections Rise for Fourth Consecutive Week

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COVID-19 confirmed cases continued to rise around the world for a fourth consecutive week, with around 3.3 million new cases reported in the past seven-day period.

However, the number of new deaths from the coronavirus levelled off after a six-week decrease, with just over 60,000 new deaths reported. According to the World Health Organisations Weekly Epidemiological Update, Europe and the Americas continued to account for nearly eight in 10 of all cases and deaths.

Uganda Alters Vaccine Roll-Out Plan to Cover More People

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The Chairperson of the COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Committee, Prof David Sserwadda receives his first COVID-19 shotThe Ministry of Health has altered its vaccine roll-out plan and has decided to vaccinate 964,000 people. In its initial plan, the ministry targeted 482,000 people, a number that represented half of the available vaccines.

They intended to use the vaccines in two rounds, giving each person two shots of the AstraZeneca vaccine, eight weeks apart. But, a decision has now been made that instead, the vaccines should all be used, while waiting for another shipment which will be used for the second jab.