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Nabilatuk District Battling Surge in Malaria Prevalence

Records indicate that the district has 71 per cent malaria prevalence especially among children below five years.
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There is an upsurge of Malaria cases in Nabilatuk district. Records indicate that the district has 71 per cent malaria prevalence especially among children below five years. 

Denis Olaka, the Malaria Focal Person, says that Malaria has remained a major killer disease in the district and the leading cause of mortality and morbidity especially for children below five years.

According to the data by Doctors with Africa, under the Italian organization, CUAMM, working for the promotion and protection of health in Karamoja, the region contributes 42 percent of the malaria burden in the country.

Nabilatuk is among the 17 districts in Uganda that reported an upsurge of malaria cases early this month, according to the weekly malaria updates from the Ministry of Health. The other districts are Abim, Alebtong, Amolatar, Bugiri, Butaleja, Butebo, Dokolo, Kaberamaido, Kaliro, Kibuku, Katakwi, Kiboga, Nabilakuk, Pallisa, Ngora, Serere and Namutumba. 

This week, CUAMM launched a new Global Fund Project on Malaria Reduction in Nabilatuk district. The project dubbed ‘Uganda’s Reduction and Elimination of Malaria project’ will cost over 324 million shillings. 

The new Project, according to Lucy Apio, the Manager Global Fund at CUAMM says the new project will be implemented by CUAMM with funding from TASO and the Ministry of Finance and will run till 2023. She said that the program will be implemented in 61 other districts across the country with high malaria prevalence. 

Joseph Alakas, the Nabilatuk vice LCV Chairperson says that he was shocked to find out that most of the anaemic cases in health facilities are malaria patients especially, children. He asked for more health workers in the district to help with the management of malaria and other health complications. 

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According to the Malaria Control Program at the Ministry of Health, clinically diagnosed malaria is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality, accounting for 30-50% of outpatient visits at health facilities, 15-20% of all hospital admissions, and up to 20% of all hospital deaths. The disease also accounts for 27.2% of inpatient deaths among children under five years.