African Countries Urged To Buy ARVs From Uganda


approved pills "sans-serif"; font-size: small;”>The resolutions, unhealthy made to improve and promote health service delivery in the region, viagra 40mg were passed by Ministers of Health from member countries of East, Central and South Africa (ECSA Health Community).

During this year’s 54th Ministerial conference held in Mombasa on November 24th, Uganda was mainly applauded for undertaking research and developing interventions to reduce the prevalence of HIV.

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Kenya’s Vice President Hon. Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka appealed to all member states in the region to procure Anti Retroviral Drugs from Uganda since it is the only member country in the region with a company (Quality Chemicals Ltd) producing ARVs.

This year’s conference held under the theme, “Consolidating the gains: Addressing High Impact Interventions for Improved Health Outcome”, was organized to address ways of improving the efficiency and management of health services, especially among the poor.

Director General of Health Services Jane Ruth Aceng says Uganda’s successes were recorded in its new Fistula Strategy and policy which were developed to improve on emergency obstetric care being offered in health facilities. The policy is based on the East, Central and Health Africa model which emphasizes the control and elimination of fistula in the region.

“Uganda’s fistula policy addresses ways of preventing the causes of fistula, offering timely services for fistula control, training more obstetricians and gynaecologists and equipping them with the necessary skills to handle emergency obstetric care,” Aceng says.

“The Policy further emphasizes posting of obstetricians and gynaecologists to all regional referral hospitals. The above interventions are intended to reduce the maternal mortality rates in the country standing at 435 per 100,000 live births,” she adds.

Uganda’s success however, recorded a setback in its progress in implementing the Minister’s Resolution which called for strengthening Response to Multi Drug Resistance (MDR) and Extensive Drug Resistant Tuberculosis.

Currently, the supply of quality second line TB drugs to TB patients is inadequate but plans are underway to provide the drugs with support from the Global Fund.

Uganda was applauded for having created a well functional reference laboratory which members states were urged to take advantage of. In addition the country is in the process of setting up four satellite laboratories in Arua, Gulu, Mbarara and Mbale to offer special laboratory services to confirm resistance to the first line treatment of TB.

Uganda joined other member states calling for action on integrating Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in other health programmes. Uganda is experiencing a sharp increase in the incidence of diabetes and the other non-communicable diseases.

This is be attributed to the adoption of unhealthy lifestyles triggered by the increasing urbanization of our populations, mechanization of lives, sedentary living and a shift from healthy traditional to dangerous fast foods.

Uganda has further pledged more commitment to implementing the resolutions made this year’s ministerial conference.


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