News Brief

Hand shakes banned in Masaka

| THE recent emergence of a yet unknown disease that has claimed the lives of 6 people has with other affected persons in isolation at Masaka Regional Referral Hospital.

This has prompted the Masaka District Health Committee to ban all form of physical contact like hand shakes as there’s is a risk of transmission through sweat, as well as embarking a massive sensitisation compaigns to encourage people practice high standards of hygiene.

Preliminary test done on samples collected from the infected patients tested negative for Ebola, Marburg. More tests are currently being done to rule out other known fevers•

Health Unit Management Committees (HUMCs) Non-functional

| WITH insufficient government funds to facilitate the smooth operation of many HUMCs, many find themselves non-functional with little to no impact in the communites they serve.

According to HUMCs guidelines produced by the Health ministry, HUMCs are to have nine members coming from the sub-counties of communities they serve.

With insufficient funds to cater for transport as well as lunch, these Committees are crippled and ineffective•

Reference: Daily Monitor

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