The report, malaria situation update also shows that by January 7th 2020, 280 malaria deaths had been recorded by the surveillance team being reported at health facilities since the beginning of December.
Ministry of Health has revealed that as of last week, malaria
cases across the country stood at 955,134.
The report, malaria situation update also shows that by January 7th
2020, 280 malaria deaths had been recorded by the surveillance team being
reported at health facilities since the beginning of December. This shows a
reduction since in November 447 cases had been recorded and 631 in October falling
from 740 in July when a surge in cases was reported by the ministry.
On average, 40 people are dying per week from 80 previously. Dr
Joyce Moriku Kaducu, the Minister of Health in charge of Primary Health Care
says that they are seeing the number of cases registered per week have
decreased from 295,000 at the peak of the epidemic in July 2019 to 199,000 in
December 2019, a decrease that she says has happened across all 88 districts
that had the upsurge.
Currently, however, the report shows a high number of malaria
cases are still being registered in 41 districts whereby districts of Kumi,
Nakasongola and Kisoro have remained with the highest cases.
While there is a reduction in many areas, the Ministry warns that
people should stay on high alert by sleeping under nets and completing their
Dr Jimmy Opigo who heads the Malaria Control Programme says that
they are noticing that after holidays and trips upcountry, children tend to
come back to the city with malaria especially those from the North, West Nile
and Busoga that have high prevalence of the disease.
“We need malaria safe homes and personal protection as we go towards
malaria elimination due to low immunity and frequent upsurges”, he said.
Last year amidst an upsurge, the Ministry of Health together with
TASO gave out over a million-bed nets to selected high burden districts after
they realized many families were no longer using nets that had been supplied
through a mass campaign in 2018.
The surge in cases had been attributed to intermittent rains and
complacency due to huge reduction in prevalence of the disease from the highs
of 42% in 2009 to 9% now.