Uganda Will Beat Digital Migration Deadline – Eng Mutabazi

Its estimated 266, remedy 000 women die every year from cervical cancer, diagnosis over 85% of whose deaths occur among women in developing countries with Uganda losing 2,464 women annually.

A medical report by Merck, a global healthcare leader states that without changes in prevention and control, cervical cancer deaths are forecast to rise to 416,000 by 2035; and virtually all of those deaths will be in developing countries.

The primary cause of cervical pre-cancerous lesions and cancer is persistent or chronic infection with one or more types of the high risk Human Papillomavirus (HPV), rated as the most common sexually acquired infection and is most often acquired in adolescence and young adults upon sexual debut.

In the media fraternity great names like Dan Kyazze of Radio One, UBC, Bbale Francis and NTV”S Rosemary Nankabirwa all succumbed to the different types of cancer consistently in a period of less than two months.

ChimpCorp Pat Robert Larubi caught up with Dr. Mayanja Robert, Assistant Commissioner – Uganda National Expanded Programme for Immunization under the Ministry of Health during breakfast media sensitization meeting on health matters yesterday.

What is cancer of the cervix?

This is a cancer of the lower part of the uterus that connects to the vagina. Cancer of the cervix happens when the cells at the opening of the uterus become abnormal and start to grow out of control.

If not detected early through screening, the abnormal cells may lead to cancer of the cervix.

What causes cancer of the cervix?

The primary cause of cancer of the cervix is HPV, which is usually sexually transmitted. There are many HPV types, but the two types commonly associated with cancer of the cervix are type 16 and 18.

Who is at risk of getting HPV infection?

Anyone who engages in sex risks getting the HPV infection. Both men and women can get the HPV infection.

Although HPV infection is considered a sexually transmitted infection (STI), it can also be spread through skin to skin genital contact without sexual intercourse.

How can HPV infection be prevented?

While life-long abstinence can prevent HPV, condoms can only reduce, but not prevent it.

HPV vaccination can also protect young girls from becoming infected with HPV later in life.

Who should be vaccinated against HPV infection?

All girls between the ages of 9-13 years should be vaccinated against HPV. In Uganda, all girls in P.4 irrespective of age and all 10 year old girls who are not in school should be vaccinated against HPV vaccine.

The vaccine is given in the form of an injection in the upper arm. It is given in two doses – six months apart.

The vaccine works best when girls are vaccinated before they are exposed to HPV (before they start having sex).

Is the vaccine safe?

Yes. The vaccine is safe, effective, and has also been approved by the Government of Uganda. It has been tested in many countries and the results show that it works. The HPV vaccine does not cause infertility.

Does the vaccine have side effects?

No serious side effects have been reported. Common minor side effects are a little pain and soreness at the site of the injection and dizziness or feeling faint. These usually go away without treatment.

How effective is the vaccine?

Research has shown that the HPV vaccine is highly effective against the commonest HPV types that cause cancer of the cervix. It is most effective if all three doses are completed on schedule. However, the vaccine does not protect against other STIs, including HIV, or against pregnancy.

Is there any need for follow-up after vaccination?

No. But it is important for those vaccinated to seek help, if they get any serious side effects after the vaccination.

How about boys? Don’t they need to be vaccinated?

At the moment, boys are not being vaccinated. However, studies are ongoing in several parts of the world to establish the importance of vaccinating boys.

But remember, boys can carry HPV. So, they should avoid risky sexual practices, which may lead to getting and spreading of HPV infection.

Is there any other way we can prevent cancer of the cervix other than through vaccination?

Yes, through screening when an adult and through life-long abstinence.

How can adult women be protected from effects of HPV?

All women above 25 years, who are or have ever been sexually active, need to go for regular check-ups for cancer of the cervix. This will help to detect signs early enough and get effective treatment.

Uganda Communication Commission Executive Director Eng Godfrey Mutabazi has said that Uganda will successfully meet the June 2015 migration from analogue to digital Migration.

Mutabazi made the remarks yesterday at Makerere University’s as the Department of Journalism and Communication hosted its 17th Annual Media Convention.

Running under the theme’ Media, more about ICTs and Development: The Era of Productivity and Transformation of Journalism and Communication;” the daylong event was attended by media players, cialis 40mg academia, corporate managers, CEOs, students of journalism among many others.

Eng. Godfrey Mutabazi while delivering the key note address said that radio remains the most accessible form of media in Uganda followed by mobile telephones.

“Digitalization and the internet have enabled high capacity data networks to deliver audio visual content,” he noted.

“UCC will meet the digital migration deadline and no single media house will lose signal’ he added.

Eng. Mutabazi promised to work hand in hand with the Journalism department to ensure that the Campus radio frequency is worked on.

He expressed how unfortunate it is that a prestigious institution like Makerere had no functional media lab.

He stressed that journalists ought to demonstrate truth and transparency as is their ethical obligation.

Speaking at the event, Hon David Bahati, the Minister of State for Planning said that government appreciates the media contribution to the development of Uganda.

“We must remember distinguished journalists like Bbale Francis, Dan Kyazze and Rosemary Nankabirwa who made significant contribution.”

“Gatherings of this nature are a good way of exchanging notes on the insights and developments in the media,” he said.

The Minister further asked the media to join gov’t in fixing the mismatch in planning, budgeting, implementation and accountability.

“Industry players must desist from sensational reporting but rather carry on reporting facts and critical analyses.”



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