Gulu Village Health Teams to Treat Malaria in Adults

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Gulu district acting District Health Officer Robert Ongom says Village Health Teams will be first trained on effective malaria prevention measures which they can demonstrate to the community. The training will also extend to managing cases and providing treatment to adults.

Village Health Teams in Gulu district will start treating both adults and children who show signs of Malaria as the epidemic surges in parts of northern Uganda.

Gulu district acting District Health Officer Robert Ongom says Village Health Teams will be first trained on effective malaria prevention measures which they can demonstrate to the community. The training will also extend to managing cases and providing treatment to adults.

The purpose is to undertake early medical attention in the villages and to prevent severe cases of malaria, Ongom says. Currently the VHTs are treating uncomplicated malaria cases in children under five years of age in sub counties of Ongako, Bar dege division and Lakwana.

Over 76,000 cases of malaria have been recorded in Gulu district alone, since the epidemic broke out in late April.  Medical records show that about six cases of malaria deaths are recorded in the district every week.

Ongom is optimistic that malaria will be controlled once the capacity of the Village Health Teams to handle the epidemic is improved.

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Ongom adds that part of the campaign to eradicate malaria will involve the distribution of mosquito nets to the most affected sub counties in Gulu district.

Andrew Ocol, a member of the Village Health Teams in Gulu Municipality welcomes the initiative saying it will boost all efforts to eradicate malaria, the leading cause of deaths in Uganda.

Malaria Consortium, a non-profit organization specializing in the prevention, control and treatment of malaria, estimates that malaria kills between 70,000 and 100,000 people every year in Uganda.