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Rakai, Kyotera Battle Increase of Malaria Cases

In June, Rakai hospital registered 749 malaria cases, a number higher than the monthly average of 362 patients attended to in the normal months.
Health Workers offering free Malaria screaning and treatement in Masaka File Photo

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Rakai and Kyotera districts are struggling to curb an upsurge in malaria cases. Records at the respective health departments indicate that Malaria cases have been on the rise since May, and the trend has dragged on.

Patrick Ssekidde, the Principal Administrator of Rakai Hospital says that the facility has for overtime been registering increase in malaria cases, which is now being handled as an outbreak.

In June, the hospital registered 749 malaria cases, a number higher than the monthly average of 362 patients attended to in the normal months.

Ssekidde indicates that the situation is no different from the lower health units. He says that they have already notified the Ministry of Health and other partners to scale up interventions towards curbing the problem.

Harriet Nakafeero, the Malaria Control Program Focal Person for Kyotera district says their teams are carrying out vigorous public sensitization to reawaken communities into embracing the known malaria preventive approaches on top of redistributing the available drugs to improve capacities of case management in health centres. 

//Cue in: “how we are…..

Cue out; ……cases at home.” //

Luganda 

//Cue in: “obujanjabi bwa Malaria….

Cue out; ……tezifuna wezizalira.”//

Nakafeero has however indicated that they are still faced with challenge of operators of private health facilities some of whom are not fully observing the recommended test and treat malaria management approach, which are frustrating efforts to contain the outbreak in the shortest period possible.

//Cue in: “though the entomologists….

Cue out; ….what to transmit.”//

Luganda  

// Cue in: “mu facilities zaffe….. 

Cue out; …..ky’ebakujanjaba kituufu.”//

Dr Edward Muwanga, the Kyotera District Health Officer says that the outbreak is overstretching their drug stocks, especially in the lower health units.

Although Dr Muwanga remains mute on the deaths arising out of the outbreak, he indicates that the Ministry of Health has sent teams to assess the situation.

//Cue in “kakati nga bw’okitegedde….

Cue out; …..NMS nayo okuleeta.”// 

He says that although the studies are undergoing to establish the escalation, they suspect it to a result of climate change that favours mosquitoes that spreads malaria.