A group of representatives of 10 Malaysian tour and travel agents are flagged off for a familiarization trip to Uganda.
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Familiarization trip to Uganda
Uganda's High Commissioner to Malaysia, Dorothy Samali Hyuha, has flagged off representatives of 10 Malaysian tour and travel agents on a familiarization trip to Uganda.
They will explore tourism products and services in Uganda.
The group will visit Uganda Wild Life Education Centre (the zoo), Ngamba Islands, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for gorilla trekking and conclude with business-to-business meetings with counterparts in Kampala.
The trip, sponsored by the Uganda Tourism Board in collaboration with Ethiopian Airlines and Uganda High Commission Kuala Lumpur, is aimed at promoting Uganda tourism products and services to the South-East Asian nations.
App on tobacco
— New Vision UGANDA (@newvisionwire) February 18, 2019
A mobile app to measure the tobacco control law's implementation and compliance has been launched by the Ministry of Health, World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Centre for Tobacco Control in Africa (CTCA).#VisionUpdates https://t.co/HXi9SJGgoF pic.twitter.com/QIlPTePCBG
A closer look at measles
World Health Organisation:
Measles is transmitted via droplets from the nose, mouth or throat of infected persons. Initial symptoms, which usually appear 10-12 days after infection, include high fever, a runny nose, bloodshot eyes, and tiny white spots on the inside of the mouth. Several days later, a rash develops, starting on the face and upper neck and gradually spreading downwards.
Severe measles is more likely among poorly nourished young children, especially those with insufficient vitamin A, or whose immune systems have been weakened by HIV/AIDS or other diseases. The most serious complications include blindness, encephalitis (an infection that causes brain swelling), severe diarrhoea and related dehydration, and severe respiratory infections such as pneumonia.
Routine measles vaccination for children, combined with mass immunization campaigns in countries with low routine coverage, are key public health strategies to reduce global measles deaths.
While global measles deaths have decreased by 84 percent worldwide in recent years — from 550,100 deaths in 2000 to 89,780 in 2016 — measles is still common in many developing countries, particularly in parts of Africa and Asia. An estimated 7 million people were affected by measles in 2016. The overwhelming majority (more than 95%) of measles deaths occur in countries with low per capita incomes and weak health infrastructures.
The measles vaccine has been in use since the 1960s. It is safe, effective and inexpensive. WHO recommends immunization for all susceptible children and adults for whom measles vaccination is not contraindicated. Reaching all children with 2 doses of measles vaccine, either alone, or in a measles-rubella (MR), measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), or measles-mumps-rubella-varicella (MMRV) combination, should be the standard for all national immunization programmes.
One of the world's most contagious diseases
A highly contagious viral disease, measles remains an important cause of death among young children globally, despite the availability of a safe and effective vaccine, says the World Health Organisation.
Promoted army officers to be decorated Tuesday
The Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) will decorate the recently promoted general and senior officers on Tuesday at Mbuya General Headquarters.
The function will start at 10am.
The First Son, Muhoozi Kainerugaba, was promoted to the rank of lieutenant general - up from major general - and he will be among those to be decorated on Tuesday, 11 days since the announcement of the promotions was made.
Ivan Koreta and Joram Mugume, previously lieutenant generals, were promoted to generals.
The promotion of these three army officers was among that of over 2,000 personnel that confirmed by President Yoweri Museveni, the commander-in-chief of the Uganda Peoples' Defence Forces (UPDF).
(Read more here)
Kiyindi-Buvuma ferry route closed temporarily
The Kiyindi-Buvuma ferry route is closed until "emergency repairs on the ferry" are conducted.
"Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) informs the general public and the users of the Kiyindi-Buvuma connecting Buikwe and Buvuma districts that the route has been temporarily closed to conduct emergency repairs on the ferry. UNRA will advise as soon as possible when services shall resume," UNRA says in a statement dated Monday.
"We apologise for any inconvenience caused and request for your patience as we work around the clock to restore the ferry operations."
Gun salute for Bamwoze
The retired Bishop of Busoga Diocese, Rt Rev Cyprian Bamwoze, died last week Monday and a week later, he was laid to rest at Bugembe Cathedral in Bugembe town council, Jinja district.
The late Bamwoze was accorded a gun salute as his body was lowered into his final resting place. Several MPs and political leaders attended the function. pic.twitter.com/2rZCtICV0z— Parliament of Uganda (@Parliament_Ug) February 17, 2019
UGANDA CUP: Today's fixtures
We are not done yet with the Round of 16.
We shall have more action today - and all are exclusively Premier League duels. Express FC will host Police FC at Mutesa II Stadium while URA FC will be at home against Bright Stars FC at Namboole Stadium.
UGANDA CUP: Vipers, Proline, BUL through to last-eight
It was a Uganda 'Cupset' as FUFA Big League side Proline FC dumped Premier League outfit Onduparaka FC out of the competition to reach the quarter-finals.
Meanwhile, Vipers SC beat Kiboga Young 1-0 as BUL FC proved a mouthful for Bukedea Town Council in a 4-1 win. Nebbi Central saw off Nkambi Coffee with a slender 1-0 victory.
Kyetume also booked a place in the quarters with a 1-0 win over Kitara, thanks to veteran striker Robert Ssentongo's strike.
Proline and Kyetume are the other Big League sides to join Wakiso Giants and Nebbi Central in the last-eight.
Harvest Money Expo 2019 roundup
The three days of the biggest farming exhibition in Uganda have ended. The event, which registered a record turn-out, started on Friday and ended on Sunday.
Those who attended the expo walked away with a wealth of knowledge and lessons in everything agriculture. High-profile people also showed up, including Vice-President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, former agriculture ministers Victoria Sekitoleko and Dr. Wilberforce Kisamba Mugerwa.
Click the links below for more:
18 million pigs needed to match demand
New Vision's John Semakula:
A training session at the Harvest Money Expo in Namboole left farmers in disbelief after they were told that the production of pork in Uganda is so low that the country has a huge deficit. Officials from the National Animal Genetic Resources Centre & Data Bank (NAGRC & DB), told farmers that all the pork produced in Uganda is consumed within the country and that it is not enough to meet demand.
Owing to the deficit, NAGRC & DB officials said the country needs to boost its pork production by 529% if it is to satisfy the current demand in the country and also export some.
According to NAGRC & DB statistics, Uganda has a population of 3.5 million pigs with an annual growth rate of 3%. This means the country needs to boost the current population of pigs five more times if it is to increase the pork production rate by 529% to satisfy the market. However, according to NAGRC & DB, the country is not only struggling to satisfy the pork market, but also the market for beef.
WATCH: Around Uganda
Uganda Airlines: Four planes ordered
Uganda made an order of four of the Bombardier CRJR00 planes, which will be expected to ply the Nairobi, Kigali, Bujumbura and Juba routes - plus others.
(📹 Video by Mark Brandon)
The four Bombardier CRJ900 planes with a seating capacity of up to 90 passengers will fly to regional destinations such as Nairobi, Kigali, Bujumbura and Juba among others— Uganda Media Centre (@UgandaMediaCent) February 17, 2019
( 📹 Credit: Mark Brandon) #UgandaAirlines pic.twitter.com/tTczbytrYe
Revived Uganda Airlines
Operations hoped to start this year.
(📹 Video by Mark Brandon)
FLYING START: New Uganda Airlines plane tastes the air
It has been 18 years since Uganda last had a national airline - when Uganda Airlines, which was founded in 1976, was liquidated. Well, soon, the Pearl Africa will get back to the skies after one of the new planes on order took its first test flight in Canada.
We know so, thanks to Mark Brandon's video, which has been circulated on social media platforms.
Fly the Crane to the Pearl of Africa - Uganda Airlines first Bombardier CRJ-900 (CRJ9) test flight at Montreal Mirabel International Airport, Canada #UgandaAirlines— Uganda Media Centre (@UgandaMediaCent) February 17, 2019
(📹 Credit: Mark Brandon) pic.twitter.com/oj13zBAtdA
An audit report has established that of the sh2.8 trillion claimed domestic arrears, sh426b was discovered to be ghost claims.
On this day 39 years ago . . .
President Godfrey Lukwonga Binaisa refutes allegations that he protected his predecessor, Idi Amin's business associates.
TODAY IN HISTORY: BINAISA REFUTES CLAIMS— New Vision UGANDA (@newvisionwire) February 18, 2019
On February 18, 1980, Godfrey Binaisa addressed 15,000 supporters in K'la & refuted Paulo Muwanga's claims that he protected ex-president Amin's business associates, particularly Craig Matthew, who supplied security equipment to them. pic.twitter.com/xO9eEigNOd
Transforming Uganda into a first world country
President Museveni on Saturday evening received and welcomed the Israeli tourists who are in Uganda for a four-day tour of the country.
The leaders of the more than two hundred and twenty tourist mainly from the Israeli largest law firm Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal who arrived in Uganda on Wednesday this week met the President at Chobe Safari Lodge in Nwoya district where he is currently chairing a 5 day retreat of the Central Executive Committee of the National Resistance Movement in his capacity as the party's national Chairman.
President Museveni told them that for tourism they were "in the right spot in the world" because of the uniqueness of Uganda as one place in the world that stands right on the equator but also has snow referring to the snow on Mt. Rwenzori.
(Read more on this here)
Uganda has perhaps the best all-year weather, says Museveni
'Uganda the best tourist destination'
President Yoweri Museveni was chairing the NRM Central Executive Committee (CEC) at Chobe Safari Lodge in Murchison Falls National Park at the weekend. And while there, he took off time to meet leaders of a group of 250 Israeli tourists who were on a four-day visit to Uganda.
"This group came here via a chartered direct flight from Israel, something that had not happened since the early 1970s. I welcome them to Uganda. Our country, given its location along the Equator, has perhaps the best all-year weather in the world. We also have lots of tourist attractions, from wild game in our parks to other features like the Source of River Nile," tweeted Museveni.
From the amazing gorillas in Bwindi in Western Uganda to the breathtaking Sipi Falls in Eastern Uganda, any tourist would be spoilt for choice. Importantly, it is the warmth of Ugandans that would make any tourist feel at home here. Uganda is the best tourist destination. pic.twitter.com/bLGt8Zx5EM— Yoweri K Museveni (@KagutaMuseveni) February 17, 2019
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