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
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
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