The Monitor (Kampala)

Uganda: Govt Announces Shs7 Billion Plan to Fight Nodding Disease

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Government is still clueless about what causes the disease.

The government has finalised a Shs7 billion plan to fight nodding disease, an illness mostly affecting children in Acholi sub-region.

Addressing Parliament yesterday, the State Minister for Health, Dr Richard Nduhura, said the Shs7 billion plan has already been shared with development partners and members of the Acholi Parliamentary Group.

"The initial funding of Shs100 million to initiate the response has been obtained from reallocations within the Ministry of Health budget and other funds will be mobilised from other government and partner agencies," Dr Nduhura said.

For more than six months now, the disease has tormented children in Acholi sub-region, killing scores of them.

About 1,500 children in Acholi sub-region are reported to have dropped out of school as a result of the disease.

Dr Nduhura said the disease has so far killed, 170 people out of the 3,094 cases officially recorded.

The ministry will this month set up centres for screening and treating cases.

Padibe Health Centre IV has been designated for Lamwo District, Kitgum Hospital for Kitgum District and Pajule Health Centre IV for Pader District.

Dr Nduhura said outreach services will be offered on a weekly basis to the affected communities by staff from the designated treatment centres.

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