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Brief | 4 days 16 hours ago

Mak Staff Vaccination for COVID-19 Kicks Off

Makerere University through the University Hospital has today March 26, 2021, rolled out vaccination of its staff. This is also…

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Brief | 6 days 14 hours ago

University Hospital: COVID-19 Vaccination for Staff

Makerere University Hospital in conjunction with Ministry of Health, Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) and WHO will be…

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Brief | 6 days 15 hours ago

Involve Stakeholders in COVID-19 Vaccine Priority Setting, Mak Bioethicists urge Government

As Uganda rolls out vaccines in an effort to kick out coronavirus, Bioethicists from Makerere University have urged Government to…

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Brief | 1 month ago

Mak Researcher Designs “COVID Alphabet” for Awareness and Behavioral Change

With the increasingly worrying situation of the novel coronavirus and its devastating global effect, Makerere University has once…

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Article | 1 month ago

Mak's Prof. Florence D'ujanga's COVID-19 Testimony

Prof. Florence  Mutonyi D’ujanga (Right) with other members of the Senate DVCAA Search Committee, R-L: Prof. J.Y.T Mugisha (…

Brief | 2 months 2 weeks ago

Address Drivers of Non-compliance to COVID-19 Guidelines, Researchers Urge Government

Makerere University researchers and local leaders have asked government and other key stakeholders in refugee management to…

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Brief | 2 months ago

MAKNAI Hand Pump Automation to Eliminate COVID-19 Spread at Boreholes

MAKNAI is an acronym for the Makerere University–MAK NAyIkondo – vernacular for borehole, a prototype to automate cranking of the…

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Brief | 2 months 3 weeks ago

COVID-19: Handwashing Adherence Drops by 93% in Kampala Hotspots

While the practice of handwashing was feasible and adhered to at the beginning of March, it has drastically dropped by up to 92.6…

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Brief | 3 months 3 weeks ago

Development of Diagnostic Kit for detection of COVID-19 in Saliva

Saliva is a comfortable and quick mass sampling option [Wang et al, 2004] with demonstrated high accuracy for COVID-19 diagnosis…

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Brief | 3 months 3 weeks ago

Development of Portable Mask Sterilizing Pod

The mask sterilization technique being presented here utilizes a pod with heat sources powered by electricity from the onboard…

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Brief | 3 months 3 weeks ago

Solar Powered Sanitizer Booth for Highly infectious Pathogens

MAPRONANO ACE at Makerere University in partnership with CODEK ENGINEERING CO LTD, private company have jointly developed a walk-…

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Brief | 3 months 3 weeks ago

We Trace: Mobile Contact Tracer Application for COVID-19 in Uganda

MAPRONANO ACE, Makerere University in partnership with Nanobits has developed a contact-tracing App for surveillance and real-…

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Brief | 3 months 3 weeks ago

Re-Usable Self sanitizing Mask

The product was developed by MAPRONANO ACE, Makerere University out of the need to prevent the medical workers battling…

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Brief | 3 months 3 weeks ago

Characterization of Viral load and Antibody Profiles of COVID-19 Patients in Uganda

The detection of antibodies specific to COVID-19 in specimen from Covid-19 patients can inform better patient care and management…

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Brief | 4 months ago

Accredited COVID-19 Testing Facilities in Uganda

The Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng has released a list of NEW Accredited Laboratories to carry out COVID-19 testing…

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Brief | 4 months 1 week ago

IDI CoVID-19 Science Summary 8th - 14th November 2020

Drug company Pfizer and BioNTech announced on 9th November that a Phase III study of the SARSCoV-2 vaccine candidate BNT162b2 was…

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Brief | 4 months ago

IDI CoVID-19 Science Summary 25th October - 7th November 2020

In this week’s COVID-19 Science Summary compiled by Dr. Andrew Mujugira, read about herd immunity, household transmission and…

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Brief | 4 months 3 weeks ago

IDI CoVID-19 Science Summary 18th - 24th October 2020

Explore facts on the genetic risk factors for COVID-19, mother-to-newborn transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and the risk faced by HIV…

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Brief | 5 months ago

IDI CoVID-19 Science Summary 11th - 17th October 2020

In this week's COVID-19 Science Summary compiled by Dr. Andrew Mujugira, read about lessons learnt from Ebola and HIV, SARS-COV-2…

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Brief | 5 months 1 week ago

IDI CoVID-19 Science Summary 5th - 10th October 2020

In this week’s Science Summary compiled by Dr Andrew Mujugira, find information about COVID-19 reinfection, symptoms duration…

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Brief | 5 months ago

IDI CoVID-19 Science Summary 27th September - 3rd October 2020

Read about the key factors for strategies to ease lockdown restrictions, occupational risk and gender in relation to COVID-19 and…

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Article | 5 months ago

MoH Basic Information COVID-19 Patients Home-Based Isolation and Care

What is Home Based Isolation? This is when a patient confirmed to have COVID-19 is mandated to restrict activities and movements…

Brief | 5 months ago

IDI CoVID-19 Science Summary 20th - 26th September 2020

This week’s #COVID19 Science Summary compiled by Dr. Andrew Mujugira explores the impact of physical distancing on incidence of…

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Brief | 6 months ago

The Effect of Covid-19 on Education in Africa and its Implications for the Use of Technology

A Survey of the Experience and Opinions of Educators and Technology Specialists

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Brief | 6 months ago

IDI CoVID-19 Science Summary 13th - 19th September 2020

In this week's Science Summary compiled by Dr. Andrew Mujugira, read what we know about COVID-19 in persons under 21 years and…

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Brief | 6 months 1 week ago

IDI CoVID-19 Science Summary 6th - 12th September 2020

COVID-19 saliva test vs the nasal swab, rise in infections with the opening of US universities and vaccine trials in Russia,…

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Article | 6 months ago

COVID-19 Prevention: Avoid These Three Cs

It will take all of us to end the COVID-19 pandemic. As you carry out your daily tasks, watch out for the 3Cs that is; Crowded…

Brief | 6 months ago

IDI CoVID-19 Science Summary 30th August - 5th September 2020

People with obesity have higher risk of severe COVID‐19 including hospitalization, intensive clinical care and death. A meta-…

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Article | 6 months ago

COVID-19 IPC Refresher Training at IDI

On Monday 7th September, 2020 security and sanitation staff at the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) Makerere University and…

Brief | 6 months 3 weeks ago

Mak Translates COVID-19 Messages into 6 Native Languages

Language experts from Makerere University in collaboration with public health officials have translated key messages about COVID-…

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Brief | 6 months ago

IDI CoVID-19 Science Summary 23rd-29th August 2020

This week's Summaries by Dr. Andrew Mujugira showcase mental health, immune response to COVID-19 and the significance of social…

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Brief | 6 months ago

Mak Adds Thermal Imaging, 3D Printing to Fight Against COVID-19

Makerere University under the Department of Agricultural and Bio-Systems Engineering (DABE), College of Agricultural and…

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Article | 6 months ago

Testing Mak Staff for Coronavirus

The Makerere University Department of Microbiology and Immunology will commence free testing of staff for coronavirus with effect…

Brief | 6 months 4 weeks ago

IDI CoVID-19 Science Summary 16th-22nd August 2020

SARS-CoV-2 outbreaks in prisons are difficult to contain because of population-dense housing and limited space for medical…

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Brief | 6 months 4 weeks ago

Mak donates Touchless Handwashing Kits to Mulago Hospital and CHS

Makerere University has donated three Touchless Handwashing (Tw-20) Kits to Mulago National Referral Hospital and another one to…

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Article | 7 months ago

SPICES Uganda Supports Fight Against COVID-19 in Mukono

Dr. Geofrey Musinguzi, Coordinator of the SPICES Uganda project on 20th August 2020 handed over face-masks, a temperature gun to…

Brief | 7 months ago

IDI CoVID-19 Science Summary 9th-15th August 2020

110 (36.3%) of 303 persons quarantined with #COVID19 in South Korea, were asymptomatic and 21 (19.1%) developed symptoms during…

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Brief | 7 months ago

IDI CoVID-19 Science Summary 2nd-8th August 2020

The politicization of COVID has made it difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff, fact from fiction. As the finger-pointing…

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Brief | 7 months ago

Mak unveils Touchless Handwashing Kit TW-20 in response to COVID-19 pandemic

15 Kits fabricated and donated to health facilities and markets Over 40,000 hand washers recorded from Kits installed in one…

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Brief | 7 months 3 weeks ago

IDI CoVID-19 Science Summary 26th July-1st August 2020

Quarantine forced us to slow down in ways we hadn’t since?? Stop, reflect, and recharge. Put less pressure on yourself. There are…

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Brief | 8 months 1 week ago

IDI CAPA-CT II Partners-UNITO Publish Method Quantifying Experimental COVID-19 Drug in Blood Samples

University of Turin (UNITO) investigators, partners on the Makerere University Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI)-led consortium…

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Brief | 8 months ago

IDI's Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitiser Production-Kasangati HC IV

The prevailing #COVID19 outbreak led to the set up of a large scale central Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitiser Production unit at…

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Brief | 8 months 3 weeks ago

IDI-MoH COVID-19 Supervision Visit to Rakai

Dr. Mohammed Larmorde, IDI, Makerere University accompanied Dr. Allan Muruta, MoH on a two-day support supervision visit to Rakai…

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Brief | 8 months ago

Six Innovators Pivoting to Face COVID-19

For the past ten years, USAID’s Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) has supported innovators who are developing creative,…

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Brief | 8 months ago

COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control ToT-Kampala

Today, we successfully concluded our trainings at IDI Mulago in our effort to build capacity and awareness on Infection…

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Brief | 8 months ago

COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control ToT-Mbale

Practical demonstrations during the Mbale Region Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Trainer of Trainees training yesterday.…

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Brief | 9 months ago

COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control Training by IDI-PCT

Today, the Makerere University Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI)-Prevention, Care and Treatment (PCT) department held 2…

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Brief | 9 months 1 week ago

Makerere University Presents Covid-19 Intervention Model

At a press conference held today Tuesday 16th June 2020, a research team led by Makerere University presented a ‘Mathematical…

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Brief | 9 months ago

Outlook of Health Sector in COVID-19 Era

On June 6, 2020, the Team Leader, Makerere University Centre of Excellence for Maternal Newborn and Child Health (MNCH)-Assoc.…

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Brief | 9 months 3 weeks ago

Mak-RIF Awards 110 Researchers and Innovators to Respond to COVID-19 Pandemic

Makerere University has continued to uphold Uganda’s precautionary approaches towards responding to the novel Coronavirus (COVID…

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Article | 9 months 3 weeks ago

What I Learnt About MNH Service Delivery in Rural Uganda Before COVID-19

BY BEN WENDEL | In March 2020, I got the chance to work with Prof. Waiswa and Dr. Kizito on the Centre of Excellence for Maternal…

Article | 9 months ago

How Luuka District is Coping With the Lockdown to Deliver MNCH Services

Support supervision for health services provision is part of the routine activities within the health systems strengthening to…

Article | 9 months ago

MNCH to Assess Impact of COVID-19 on RMNCAH, HIV Service Delivery in Uganda

Working with the Uganda Ministry of Health and with funding from UNICEF, the Maternal Newborn Child Health Centre of Excellence…

Brief | 9 months ago

Policy Brief: Health and Socio-Economic Impacts of Physical Distancing in African Countries

In the absence of a cure or a vaccine, countries have to rely on a suite of nonpharmaceutical interventions that include: 1)…

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Brief | 9 months 3 weeks ago

IDI CoVID-19 Science Summary 23rd-29th May 2020

Chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine, alone or in combination with azithromycin, are widely used for COVID-19 treatment despite no…

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Brief | 9 months 4 weeks ago

Mak’s Findings: Index Patients Diagnosed and Treated for COVID-19 in Uganda

On Tuesday May 26, 2020, Makerere University (Mak) Management converged to share findings from the study whose aim of was “to…

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Brief | 10 months ago

IDI CoVID-19 Science Summary 16th-22nd May 2020

To date, 53 African countries have reported 75,498 cases (12,739 in South Africa) and 2,561 deaths. Africa's younger population…

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Brief | 10 months 1 week ago

IDI CoVID-19 Science Summary 9th-15th May 2020

The US Food and Drug Administration has cleared a novel COVID-19 vaccine called mRNA-1273 to begin phase 2 trials with 600…

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Brief | 10 months 1 week ago

IDI CoVID-19 Science Summary 1st-8th May 2020

Of 21 patients with end-stage COVID-19 in China, 6 received convalescent plasma and 15 did not. Nineteen died; 5 of 6 in the…

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Article | 10 months ago

Current and Emerging Diagnostic Tests Available for the novel COVID-19 global pandemic

Open Letter - by Gerald Mboowa Abstract On March 11, 2020 the World Health Organization (WHO) upgraded the status of the …

Article | 10 months ago

Mak Responds to COVID-19: Call For Applications

Uganda is taking the precautionary approach while responding to the novel COVID-19 pandemic. This means extensive social…

Article | 10 months ago

Coping With Provision of MNH Care During COVID-19 Lockdown in Rural Uganda

By Dr. Felix Kizito | All mothers and babies’ lives matter even in the toughest of the situations, as medical workers we ought to…

Brief | 11 months 1 week ago

Makerere Researchers & Kiira Motors Corp complete Engineering tests on Ventilator Prototype

The team comprising Makerere researchers and engineers from Kiira Motors Corporation has completed the engineering tests on the…

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Brief | 11 months ago

Q&A Social Distancing & the COVID-19 Fight, by Prof. Rhoda Wanyenze

On April 7, 2020 Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH) Professor and Dean Dr. Rhoda Wanyenze was hosted on NTV by…

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Article | 11 months ago

What Next after the COVID-19 Pandemic?

By Nathan Okiror, MPH student, MakSPH Since the beginning of the year 2020, the commonest word being cited on nearly all media…

Brief | 11 months ago

ICT Resources & Services for Home Use

To mitigate the impacts of COVID-19, the Directorate for ICT Support (DICTS) is endeavouring to provide continuous ICT support…

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Article | 11 months ago

Covid-19 Infection In Children: What Should We Worry About?

Date of Publication: March 30, 2020 by  Sabrina Bakeera-Kitaka The total number of Covid-19 cases globally stands at 638, 146…

Article | 11 months ago

A Collaborative Effort spearheading the Development of an Open Design Low Cost Ventilator

Collaborative Effort between Makerere University, ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) a project of the School of Public Health, Kiira…

Brief | 11 months ago

My thoughts on The 1995 Constitution and COVID-19

 by Dr. Busingye Kabumba (@bkabumba)

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Brief | 11 months 2 weeks ago

Ministry of Health: When do you need to test for COVID19?

Message from the Ministry of Health.  When do you need to test for #COVID19? Watch and share widely. Stay Home, Stay Safe.

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Article | 11 months 3 weeks ago

MNCH in These Difficult Times of COVID-19; Every Effort Counts

The Coronavirus pandemic is spreading around the world, I acknowledge that our lives have been changed drastically and on a very…

Article | 11 months ago

Your Resilience in Managing Tough Times

Many people get worn out and overly worried during times like these when we are faced with the emergency of the Covid-19 pandemic…

Brief | 11 months 4 weeks ago

919 Toll Free Number available to Call Ministry of Health

We are glad to announce that as we #fightcoronatogether, you can now call @MinofHealthUG  on 919 Toll-Free for assistance. #…

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Article | 11 months 4 weeks ago

Important Communication from Makerere University Health Services

You are urged to observe the INFECTION PREVENTION measures highlighted by His Excellency the President of Uganda and the Ministry…

Article | 11 months 4 weeks ago

MoH Uganda COVID-19 Do's and Don'ts

BACKGROUND An outbreak of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) was declared by the People’s Republic of China on 31st December, 2019.…

Article | 11 months 4 weeks ago

MoH Uganda COVID-19 Guidelines for Safe Mass Gatherings

Mass Gatherings are characterized by the concentration of people at a specific location for a specific purpose over a set period…

Article | 11 months 4 weeks ago

MoH Uganda COVID-19 Guidelines on Self-Quarantine

What does self-quarantine mean? This is a transparent self -restriction of persons’ activities when they are not ill with COVID-…

Article | 11 months 4 weeks ago

MoH Uganda COVID-19 Guidelines on Institutional Quarantine

What is Institutional quarantine? This is a transparent restriction of persons’ activities when they are not ill with COVID-…

Article | 11 months 4 weeks ago

MoH Uganda COVID-19 Guidelines for Public Places

The world is currently faced with a pandemic of COVID-19, a new virus that spreads so fast through droplet infection especially…

Article | 11 months 4 weeks ago

MoH Uganda COVID-19 Guidelines for Burials

The world is currently faced with a pandemic of COVID-19, a new virus that spreads so fast through droplet infection especially…

Article | 11 months 4 weeks ago

MoH Uganda COVID-19 Factsheet

What is Coronavirus? This is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and animals and can spread from person-to-…

Brief | 11 months 4 weeks ago

Ministry of Health - Important Contacts

The  toll free lines are: 0800-100-066, 0800-203-033, 0800-303-033. The lines are fully active and assistance will be accorded…

Article | 1 year ago

University Closure Guidelines in Compliance With Presidential Directive on COVID-19

All Staff & Students of Makerere University Reference is made to the communication from the Chairperson of Council Ref. 0301…

Article | 1 year ago

Mak Library Operations During COVID-19 Orchestrated Closure

The Entrance to the Main Library Makerere University, Kampala Uganda. Date taken: 4th February 2020. The Library E-Resources will…

Article | 1 year ago

COVID-19 Sensitisation by IDI Training & Global Security Arms

You're invited to attend and participate in the following Upcoming Event:  COVID-19 Sensitisation by IDI Training & Global…

Article | 1 year ago

VC's Message Following Presidential Directive to Close Schools and Institutions

Fellow Makerereans and all our Stakeholders. This afternoon, His Excellency the President of the Republic of Uganda who is also…

Article | 1 year ago

Research: Researchers find Coronavirus in Ugandan Bats and Camels

Kampala, Uganda | DAILY MONITOR | A research laboratory at Makerere University College of Veterinary Medicine (CoVAB) has…

Article | 1 year ago

H.E. President Yoweri Museveni Addresses the Nation on the Coronavirus Epidemic

President Yoweri Museveni at State House | Credit: New Vision Address by H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic…

Article | 1 year ago

Uganda’s Preparedness to Prevent, Detect and Respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Dean, MakSPH -Prof,Rhoda Wanyenze , The Director, AFENET-Mr.Simon Antara,  Dr.Lisa Nelson, the US Centres For Disease Control…

Article | 1 year ago

Making Workplaces Ready for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Making Workplaces Ready for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), a training organised by the Makerere University School of Public…

Article | 1 year ago

IDI Hands Over PoE Equipment Worth UGX510M for Infection Control

The Minister of Health-Hon. Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng (Left) inspects some of the Point of Entry (PoE) equipment worth UGX310M handed…

Article | 1 year ago

Mathematics of COVID-19 – Professor Tom Britton

There is a lot of discussion about what we can expect from the ongoing pandemic. Many scientists try to predict the future and…

Brief | 1 year ago

Smokers who get COVID-19 have a higher chance of suffering more severe symptoms than their counterparts

As the COVID-19 caseload continues to rise, studies are starting show how smokers who contract the virus are more likely to…

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