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Over 255 Admitted With Malaria at Apac Hospital

Dr. Mathew Emer, the Apac District Health Officer has urged residents to embrace the use of insecticide treated mosquito nets. Some of the residents use insecticide treated mosquito nets for poultry instead of using them to prevent mosquito bites.
More than 255 people mostly children are admitted at Apac district general hospital with malaria. Dr. Alfred Acang, the Medical Superintendent Apac General Hospital, says they registered a high increase of malaria cases between February and April, 2016.

 

According to Acang, they have been receiving more than 10 people on average each day, seeking malaria treatment. Apac district was listed last year by the health ministry as one of the district with an upsurge of malaria cases. The district is surrounded by Lake Kyoga and Kwania and River Okole.

 

 

Dr. Mathew Emer, the Apac District Health Officer has urged residents to embrace the use of insecticide treated mosquito nets. Some of the residents use insecticide treated mosquito nets for poultry instead of using them to prevent mosquito bites. 

Robert Omut, the acting Apac Resident District Commissioner, says they have formed a taskforce to crackdown on residents abusing the insecticide treated mosquito nets distributed by government. Apac was among the first 10 districts in Northern Uganda that benefited from Indoor Residual Spraying in 2008. 

However, the exercise was halted following complaints from organic farmers in the region.  In July last year, Global Fund recommended the resumption of Indoor Residual Spray in Apac and Lamwo districts following an upsurge of malaria cases. In February this year, the Health Ministry released a report indicating that 658 people had died of malaria and 1,005,632 cases had been reported in various health facilities in Northern Uganda since July last year. 

Recently, government through the Health ministry introduced Actellic CS 300 insecticide for Indoor Residual Spraying exercise in 14 districts across the country. They include Otuke, Lira, Dokolo, Amolatar,Alebtong, Kaberamaido, Serere, Namutumba, Kibuuku, Buddha, Bukedi, Bugiri, Tororo, Pallisa and Butaleja districts.

Indoor residual spraying (IRS) has been proven as highly effective malaria control measure. It involves the spraying of residual insecticide on the interior walls of homes to kill mosquitoes

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