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Malaria Cases escalades in Gulu district

Gulu | THE NORTHERN LINK UG| Despite the government’s intervention through the distribution of free long-lasting treated mosquito nets to prevent cases of malaria infection across the country, Gulu district has continued to record a high number of outpatient department (OPD) attendants and deaths attributed to the disease.

William Onyai, The Gulu District Health Education Officer says Malaria cases have been on the rise since June last year.

He said the disease contributed up to 35.6 percent of all OPD attendance cases between June 2020 to March 2021, a reflection of about 852 patients confirmed with malaria.

Onyai, further revealed that an increased number of admissions and inpatient are among children below the age of 5-years and pregnant mothers which he said is attributed to the shortage of proper feeding in the district.

A health worker at Flama Uganda, Mrs. Teddy Okello noted that in the health facility, seven out of ten cases at the OPD test positive of Malaria. She suspects that residents could have long abandoned the use of insecticide-treated nets, which exposes to mosquito bites.

She appealed for indoor residual spraying in homes to minimize the increasing cases of malaria since people are known for misusing mosquito nets.

“Residents use mosquito nets for raring chicken but local authority should launch an operation to arrest anybody found misusing the nets” – Teddy Added

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