Surgery and operating rooms- the journey continues

In the blog on Caesarean Section in Buganda in 1879, we reproduce the report of a surgical delivery of a baby that was witnessed by Robert William Felkin, a medical student who was serving as King Mutesa’s personal physician. The advances in human surgery that have taken place over the intervening 130 years represent the proverbial […]

Caesarean section in Buganda in 1879

FROM THE TINGASIGA ARCHIVES: February 1, 1999 Dear Tingasiga: The last palace of Kabaka Mutesa I at Kasubi-Nabulagala, is perhaps the most visible evidence of the grandeur and sophistication of late nineteenth century Buganda. The visitor who beholds the architectural marvels of Muzibu-azaala-mpanga, Mutesa’s main residence at Kasubi-Nabulagala which is now a mausoleum for the […]

African Yellow Fever Alert!

Yellow Fever Alert! The December 2015 outbreak of Yellow Fever (YF) in Angola should be of great interest and concern to health authorities in East Africa. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “as of 7 April 2016, a total of 1,708 suspected cases, including 238 deaths (Case Fatality Rate: 13.9%), had been reported from […]

State-of-the-art health services an affordable necessity

My wife and I spent the whole of January 2012 in Kigezi, falling in love all over again with my homeland and her adopted home in Uganda. Most of our stay was very pleasant, the hospitality a sweet reminder of what we missed most about our country. However, three heartrending images are indelibly seared onto […]

Rift Valley Fever in Kabale, Kigezi contained

Key words and abbreviations: Zoonosis: a disease that normally occurs in animals but can be transmitted to humans. CDC: Centers for Disease Control RVF: Rift Valley Fever RVFV: Rift Valley Fever Virus WHO: World Health Organization A multidisciplinary team, led by Dr. Patrick Tusiime, the District Health Officer, has done an outstanding job of containing […]

Canada to legalize physician-assisted dying

Prompted by a  Supreme Court decision,  the Government of Canada has tabled Bill C-14 for the purpose of legalizing physician assisted dying.The bill allows  people who have a serious and incurable illness, disease or disability, and whose death is “reasonably foreseeable”, to end their lives with the assistance of their doctor or nurse practitioner. The Summary […]

Video Games Damage Children’s Brains

Parents, you need not feel guilty when you restrict your children’s access to video games and the Internet. Scientific evidence continues to mount regarding the damage the electronic age is doing to children’s brains. Scientists in Japan conducted an IQ study on 240 children aged 6-18 years, with a mean age of 12 years.   They […]

Another benefit of Antenatal Ultrasound reported from Mawokota, Buganda

Worth noting from the Medical Literature Kawooya MG and colleagues recently published results a study in Ultrasound quarterly  that shows another benefit of antenatal ultrasound (US) availability.  They trained midwives at 5 centers in Mawokota North constituency to perform limited obstetric ultrasound scanning at each antenatal visit. The midwives were given solar-powered portable ultrasound machines. […]

The African woman and the cross of childbirth

During a visit to Kabale Regional Referral Hospital in 2010, I was very anxious to get to the maternity and newborn baby units, this being the place where I expected to feel professionally most at home. Things started off very well as my host, Dr. Michael Odongo Osinde, an obstetrician who doubled as the hospital’s […]