Uganda public ambulances fail to take off

first_imgUganda National Ambulance Service that is meant to provide emergency pre-hospital care to the public has failed after two years of its launch, reports the Daily Monitor.18 ambulances were flagged off in 2015 to begin a journey that will lead to better public health care after a team of researchers concluded that road traffic crashes will be the eight leading cause of death and disability by the year 2030. 90 percent of the road traffic injury deaths will occur in developing countries, of which 80 percent will happen in pre-hospital setting.The Ugandan government under an initial plan unveiled in January 2014, 100 ambulances were to be purchases at a cost of $157million over a five year period beginning with the financial year 2014/2015.“The ambulances will be fitted with modern technology where surgery can take place and an emergency telephone number known to people in case of need. The ambulance would reach the survivors in 10 to 20 minutes depending on the location,” said a government doctor during the launch.Initial batch of about 100 medical workers, ambulance drivers and crews had to be recruited and trained. The staff had their contracts cancelled during government restructuring and those that theirs expired were never renewed.Many of the ambulances are parked on grounds after due to lack maintenance service blamed on lack of funds. The Emergency number for modern ambulances for a toll free communication system, is not working.The Ugandan government is working on a National Emergency Care strategy that will see a National Ambulance System with ambulances in strategic areas coordinated by a command Centre instead of hospitals running them.As it stands less than 5% (patients) arrive by ambulance because few exist and these are mostly privately owned and prohibitively expensive. Furthermore, one in three patients arrive at Mulago (main hospital in the country) beyond the first hour after the injury, the ‘‘golden hour,’’ during which expedient treatment would greatly increase survival according to research.last_img read more

Monroe absent from practice for second straight day

first_imgOWINGS MILLS, Md. — An injury-marred season continues for Ravens left tackle Eugene Monroe as he remains sidelined with a shoulder ailment suffered in Monday’s loss to Arizona.Monroe missed his second straight day of practice on Thursday, creating further doubt about his availability for Sunday’s meeting with the San Diego Chargers. The seventh-year lineman missed three games earlier this season after suffering a concussion on the opening drive of the season opener.Should Monroe not play, second-year tackle James Hurst would start in his place despite his immense early-season struggles. Fortunately for the Baltimore offense, the Chargers have not shown a consistent ability to create pressure on the quarterback with just 12 sacks in seven games this season.Other players missing from Thursday’s practice included cornerback Tray Walker (concussion) and wide receiver Breshad Perriman (knee).Veteran wide receiver Steve Smith was added to Thursday’s injury report as a limited participant due to a knee issue. Also limited in the workout were safety Kendrick Lewis (knee), left guard Kelechi Osemele (knee), and tight end Maxx Williams (knee/ankle).Safety Terrence Brooks (thumb) was upgraded to full participation and appears on track to make his return after a two-game absence.Meanwhile, San Diego was once again without Pro Bowl tight end Antonio Gates (knee) and Pro Bowl safety Eric Weddle (groin).Below is Thursday’s full injury report:BALTIMOREDID NOT PARTICIPATE: OT Eugene Monroe (shoulder), WR Breshad Perriman (knee), CB Tray Walker (concussion)LIMITED PARTICIPATION: G Kelechi Osemele (knee), S Kendrick Lewis (knee), WR Steve Smith (knee), TE Maxx Williams (knee, ankle)FULL PARTICIPATION: S Terrence Brooks (thumb)SAN DIEGODID NOT PARTICIPATE: G Orlando Franklin (ankle), TE Antonio Gates (knee), G/T Chris Hairston (illness), NT Sean Lissemore (hamstring), LB Denzel Perryman (biceps), LB Manti Te’o (ankle), S Eric Weddle (groin)LIMITED PARTICIPATION: CB Craig Mager (hamstring), LB Tourek Williams (foot)FULL PARTICIPATION: RB Melvin Gordon (ankle), C Chris Watt (groin, concussion)last_img read more

Hunters hot for win

first_imgThe stats are bleak for the Hunters as they head to Wynnum this weekend for round 2 with the Manly Wynnum Seagulls.In last year’s season at the BMD Kougari Oval, Manly West, the Hunters lost to Seagulls 36-18, but that’s in the past.The Seagulls, on the other hand, are hoping that history will repeat itself. Otherwise, two losses at home, at the start of 2016, will put a dent in their finals hope.The Hunters, with changes to the team, will see; 1. Stargroth Amean 2. Oti Tony (Bland Abavu) 3. Justin Olam 4. Thompson Teteh 5. Adex Wera 6. Ase Boas 7. Atte Bina 8. Henry Noki 9. Wartovo Puara Jnr 10. Esau Siune 11. Nickson Borana 12. Warren Glare 13. Ishmael Baikawa 14. Watson Boas 15. Noel Zeming (c) 16. Benjamin Hetra 17. Edward Goma and 18. Philimon Kimisive.Whilst it is true that the team have had some changes, they are still hot after the opening round win.This sets them up to make this game count as the Boas brothers, for the first time, will make history for PNG by playing upfront in key positions.Hunters are also running second on the 2016 Intrust Cup ladder.last_img read more