Heallth Ministry to Send Nodding Syndrome Samples to US

Nodding Disease Victims
Nodding Disease Victims

The Ministry of Health is in the process of sending five samples of the Nodding disease brain tissue to the Centre for Disease Control in Atlanta for critical analysis.

This comes after collection of seven samples from dead victims of the Nodding disease.
There is still no effective treatment for Nodding disease, an ailment that has affected thousands and killed hundreds, of children under fifteen years in Acholi sub region over the past few years.
This is mainly in the districts of Pader, Gulu and Kitgum.
Asumani Lukwago the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health says there emphasis is to find out the relationship with available suspected causes.
The ministry is yet to conclusively come out to pinpoint any cause. However, Lukwago says the process is subject to clearance by the United States.
For now the Ministry’s intervention continues to target malnutrition which has created positive response and the treatment of Onchocerciasis the germ that causes River blindness.

Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, the Director General Health Services, yesterday told the health committee in Parliament that they continue to provide care and counselling for affected children which has seen about 70 percent of the children return to school.

However, the ministry officials are disappointed that the borderline children into adulthood between the ages of 15 to 17 have been defiled and impregnated.

Continuous interventions also involve provision of nutrition to children with Vitamin B deficiency, counselling of the families, mass drug treatment against River blindness and anti-epileptic measures to control the seizures and convulsions.

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