During the past two decades, the prevalence of overweight and obesity in children globally has increased from 4.8% to 6.1% and the total number doubled from 5.4 to 10.3 million. As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, there has been a sizable increase in obesity among children due to the prolonged time out-of-school.

Besides that, other causes of childhood obesity are poor eating habits, lack of physical activity, genetics and lifestyle habits from infancy to teenage years. Studies have shown that breastfed children are less likely to become obese, and the longer they are breastfed, the lesser their chances of obesity.

It is important to note that childhood obesity is harder to fight off in comparison to obesity in adulthood but most importantly, it poses immediate and future health risks. …

  • Healthy physical activity: We recommend at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity a day. Stretching on a daily helps to reduce aches and pains that come as a result of prolonged hours of sitting mainly in a poor posture. It forces the muscles to become stiff and contracted. Organized stretching like Yoga is highly recommended so stretch it out! …

The holiday season is finally here!

You might be wondering about how to celebrate and keep yourself and your loved ones safe from the spread of COVID-19. Without a doubt, these holidays will look different this year but as a Chinese proverb says, “misfortune may be a blessing in disguise”. By following the tips below issued by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you and your family can remain safe and turn the COVID-19 epidemic into an opportunity to grow closer and build emotional resilience among all the members.

First and foremost people with or exposed to COVID-19 are discouraged from hosting or participating in any in-person gatherings. Also, if you are an older adult and/or have any chronic medical condition or live or work with someone at increased risk of severe illness, you should avoid in-person gatherings with people who do not live in your household. …

Yellow fever is an acute viral haemorrhagic disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes and has the potential to spread rapidly and cause serious public health impact.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), Uganda is classified as a high-risk country in the “Eliminate Yellow Fever Epidemics” (EYE) initiative, with a history of recent outbreaks in 2019, 2018, 2016 and 2011. Epidemic spread of yellow fever is a risk in Uganda as the estimated overall population immunity is at 4.2%, attributable to past reactive vaccination activities in focal districts that are not affected by the current outbreak.

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Vaccination is the primary means for prevention and control of yellow fever as it provides immunity for life.

Here is what you need to know about yellow fever and the vaccine. …

Uganda’s progress towards ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic has steadily improved over years with a drop in adult HIV/AIDS prevalence rates from 6.2% in 2017 to 5.8% in 2019 as per the UNAIDS country data. However, there is still work to be done! With the HIV incidence at 2.61 per 1,000 population and new infections at 53,000 annually there are gaps to be closed. In 2019, over 21,000 deaths were due to AIDS in Uganda!

In order to fast track the realization of epidemic control by 2030, there is the 95–95–95 UNAIDS strategy that speaks to 95% of people living with HIV will know their HIV status; 95% of people diagnosed with HIV will be on antiretroviral treatment (ART), and 95% of people on ART will have viral load suppression (VLS). Uganda’s performance against this ambitious strategy is still below the targets with 89% of HIV positive people aware of their status, 84% of HIV positives being on ART treatment and of these only 75% having VLS. …

From relative obscurity, breast cancer has become one of the leading causes of deaths among women in the world. According to the World Health Organisation, Uganda recorded 2,318 cases of breast cancer were reported in 2018, making it the third leading cause of cancer deaths coming next to cancer of the cervix and Kaposi’s sarcoma (cancer that forms in the lining of blood and lymph vessels). Despite growing efforts to improve awareness and early detection in the country, over 89% of breast cancer patients present with late-stage disease.

But what is breast cancer and what are the risk factors?

We had a chat with Dr Priscilla Apolot, a practitioner with Rocket Health, who responded to frequently asked questions about the disease and here is what she had to say. …

Sexual health problems are never easy to talk about, but they are a whole lot tougher to live with. Men have been traditionally looked upon as the aggressive sexual partner forcing them to keep quiet about their sexual problems like erectile dysfunction.

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a condition where a man cannot acquire or maintain an erection firm enough for sex. Most men experience this at some point in their lives, usually around the age of 40 and over. …

Uganda remains endemic to viral Diseases such as Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) with national prevalence rates of 4.3% (5.6% among men and 3.1% among women). High-risk behaviours and lack of disease information and resources have had a profound effect on the spread of Hepatitis B Virus.

Similar to HIV, HBV Is incurable and patients currently require lifelong treatment with antiviral drugs. Hepatitis B is a highly infectious liver disease that can spread when one comes into contact with body fluids like saliva, blood, pus or sweat of an infected person. …


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