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Masaka Operates More Than 30 Children for Hernia Monthly

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Two-year-old Ronald Mukisa was born with inguinal hernia and underwent surgery at Masaka Regional Referral hospital.
Dr. Kalema explaining the increasing cases of hernia

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More than 30 infants and children undergo operation for hernia at Masaka Regional Referral Hospital. Dr. Herbert Kalema, a Senior Obstetrician/Gynecologist at Masaka Regional Referral Hospital, says the condition is common among newborns and children under 12-years of age.

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He explained that the common types of hernia include inguinal and umbilical hernia. Inguinal hernia is a swelling that occurs between a child's belly and inner thigh yet in boys the swelling can extend down to the scrotum. 

Umbilical hernia is a condition where the intestine juts or protrudes through the abdominal muscle at the belly button or navel. Two-year-old Ronald Mukisa was born with inguinal hernia and underwent surgery at Masaka Regional Referral hospital.

His mother, Olive Nabisere, a resident of Nyendo trading center in Nyendo-Ssenyange division, says the boy would spend sleepless nights due to pain. 12-year-old Frank Kirumira, a resident of Kiwangala village in Kisekka Sub-county also underwent surgery for inguinal hernia.

His mother Florence Nante explains that she wasn't aware her son was suffering from the condition. According to Dr. Kalema, Mukisa and Kirumira are among 300 children who were operated in the just concluded medical camp organised by Rotary Club International.

Dr. Kalema explains that hernia occurs due to poor feeding or lack of a balanced diet by expectant mothers.

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Dr. Kalema blames the increased cases of hernia to late delayed diagnosis, adding that hernia is common in rural areas where people don't visit health centers frequently for medical checkup.  He explains that some of the cases may require emergency surgery.

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He appealed to parents and guardians to take their children for diagnosis in time before the condition worsens. Dr. Kalema noted they are well prepared to handle emergency hernia operations because of experienced staff.