How MOH Conquered Typhoid Outbreak in Kampala

By: Linda Kabuzire 

MTN Uganda, sick on 10th June 2015 during their annual Y’ello Care initiative set up and donated a fully fledged ICT Lab at Uganda Technical College Lira. This Lab is expected to improve the quality of education of 760 students at the college.

In addition to the ICT resource centre, for sale MTN staff also engaged in community work including cleaning up of the college premises and donating cleaning materials

The College management through Senior Lecturer Mrs. Mary Ajore thanked MTN for the good gesture and prayed that other private companies emulate MTN to work with government institutions in an effort to improve learning through the ICT platform.

Anthony Katamba, MTN Uganda’s General Manager Corporate Services reiterated the telecommunications commitment to continue working with government institutions to drive ICT based initiatives.

“As MTN staff we are aware that the Internet is the future. We have brought along an MTN mobile shop and internet bus to reinforce our efforts,” he added.

The Guest of honour of the day, Municipal Education Officer Jane Francis Ofungi appreciated MTN staff initiatiative as a meaningful CSR initiative.

The launch also featured the state of the art MTN Internet Bus which will aid training, mentorship and career guidance for learners and teachers.


The MTN Internet Bus, a vital component for the promotion of ICT, is targeting to have 2500 people as beneficiaries of the training by the end of the 21-day programme.

Every month of June, employees across MTN’s international footprint take time off to physically get involved in activities that uplift communities around them through financial, physical and emotional contributions of staff and MTN as a corporate citizen.
In an effort to ensure all Ugandan television owners are able to smoothly migrate from analogue to digital broadcasting, sildenafil the National signal distributor SIGNET has partnered with GOtv and made available for sale thousands of heavily subsidized FTA (Free To Air decoders).

The development comes just days after a UCC directive instructing all FTA television companies to switch off their analogue transmission signals by the 15th of June in preparation for the digital switch over.

Making the announcement at a joint press conference held at UBC offices on Tuesday, SIGNET boss Eng Sam Batanda said the partnership is very significant because “It will allow thousands of Ugandans who want to migrate but cannot afford monthly subscriptions to do so.”

He said the decoders have received Type Approval from the UCC and will be sold for only Shs125, 000 (FTA special offer) at the UBC offices and through GOtv and MultiChoice dealers and retail sales network countrywide.

Warning Ugandans who remain skeptical that the country will migrate on time, Eng Batanda stated that “the National Digital Terrestrial Television DTT network infrastructure in the central region where over 70 percent of all televisions are found has already been built and is in the final stages of being tested.”

He added: “This coupled with the private DTT infrastructure being run by pay television companies like GOtv means the entire country is covered by some form of digital signal so there is no reason why we should not migrate come June 17.”

Explaining the reasons why SIGNET chose to partner with GOtv, Eng Batanda reminded the audience that just last week the Minister of finance while reading the national budget said the Migration would be carried out under a PPP arrangement, “so this partnership is an example of that principal in action.”

Discussing his company’s level of readiness, MultiChoice General Manager Charles Hamya noted that they had been preparing for the migration for a very long time.

“Not only have we built the largest DTT network in the country, we have also created the most extensive retail and distribution network with over 1,000 sales points located,” said Hamya.

“I encourage Ugandans to take advantage of this and other promotional offers we have put on the market including the Shs 99,000 DStv special which includes the full kit and one month’s free subscription on the Access bouquet because they are one in a lifetime price specials”.

Speaking about UBC expectations on the post migration broadcasting industry, the Managing Director, Winston Agaba noted that the country stands to benefit tremendously for the opportunities that will come about from the increased availability of bandwidth.

“Digital broadcasting is a high capacity technology that supports a number of differing applications including voice, data and of course imagery. This means companies in the sector will have the opportunity of introducing new services and expanding their product offering,” he stressed.

“This will lead to new revenue streams, employment opportunities and positively boost the entire economy.”

He urged Ugandans to embrace the migration because it represents a major transition to the next level of broadcasting which the entire world is moving to.

The digital migration in Uganda began with the switch off of the analogue signal in the central region on Monday the 15th of June 2015 other regions will be switched off in a phased manner as the National DTT transmission infrastructure is rolled out.

UCC boss Eng Godfrey Mutabazi said the digital transition is unstoppable.
The Ministry of Health and Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) have today declared Kampala City and the neighboring districts of Wakiso and Mukono free from the Typhoid outbreak which had persisted for more than four months.

“I take this opportunity to inform the public that the Typhoid outbreak that hit Kampala 3 months ago has been controlled, website like this “said, web Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng , discount the Director General of Health Services in the Ministry of Health.

The outbreak was declared February 2015 after numerous cases were reported and confirmed in the central business district of Kampala and the neighboring districts.

Dr. Acheng told journalists that the declaration of an end to the outbreak comes after 4 weeks of the treatment centers reporting cases below the baseline typhoid reports.

During the outbreak, a total of 14,304 suspected cases were registered. Of these, 10,230 (4,735 Females and 5495 Males) met the case definition for typhoid and were treated in the seven designated treatment centers that were set up. The total number of confirmed cases was 1090. Of these 52 cases were confirmed by blood culture and 1038 by Tubex.

Acheng noted that the outbreak which started in the city centre spread to all the divisions of Kampala but the most affected areas were Rubaga and Makindye Divisions. Eventually, the outbreak also spread to some areas in Wakiso and Mukono districts.

Acheng Explained that a total of six  treatment centers that is to say, Kisenyi HC IV, Kitebi HC III, Kisugu HC III, Kawaala HC III, Komamboga HC III and Kiswa HC IV were set up to receive, screen and treat all suspected typhoid cases.

Health workers were mobilized by KCCA from health facilities across Kampala and boosted up by 50 UPDF health personnel to offer care and treatment during the peak of the outbreak. Medicines, health supplies and necessary equipment were delivered by NMS on a timely basis, hence patients received good quality health care.

The Ministry of Health, KCCA, and partners constituted teams of Epidemiologists and Surveillance Officers to investigate the outbreak.   From the findings, it was established that the outbreak was due to consumption of contaminated water majorly from underground sources and springs, and vended locally made juices prepared with contaminated water.

She however added that government has put up more stringent measures to avert any more likely outbreaks in the country which include among others mobilizing the public to avoid use of water from any other sources apart from that from the National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC).


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