MALARIA TOPS AMURU DISTRICT DISEASE BURDEN

Patients await Medical Services at one of the health facilities in Amuru district

BY OKELLO JESUS OJARA

AMURU: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2021

Amuru district has recorded a total of 94,997 confirmed cases of Malaria within a period of 304 days from the month of January to October 2021 according to the district health information system report.

Dr Patrick Odong Olwedo, the Amuru district health officer disclosed that Malaria topped the list of the disease burden within the district for the period of ten months followed by cough and cold and at the bottom is sickle cell Anaemia.

Olwedo noted that Malaria with 46 percent on the top list of 18 diseases indicates a serious rise in the confirmed cases of the disease as compared to the other years.

He further noted that this rise in the trend is mainly due to community negligence to use mosquito nets and not taking the right prescriptions from a recognized and professional health worker.

He however added that the rise in the trend of Malaria can be minimized through the use of Malaria control strategies like the use of treated insecticide mosquito nets, draining of stagnant waters around the homestead and use of some natural plants like “Queen of the night” which could help as mosquito repellant.

Goodluck Clovice Oywello, the Amuru district senior health educator noted that Malaria is among the top disease burden within the district of Amuru especially during the wet seasons.

He added that despite the fact that the government is trying very hard to distribute the treated mosquito nets to the community, the people are not putting the mosquito nets in the rightful use.

He noted that people tend not to use the nets correctly because most of them normally leave the nets at their homes and sleep in the open unprotected against vectors that cause malaria.

He however advised the communities to take precaution and keep their environment and homestead healthy and maintain good sanitation and hygiene which will help to reduce the rate of malaria infections.

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