More than 200 Ibanda Residents Diagnosed with Elephantiasis

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Patients present with undefined swelling of the limbs, rough body surface, disfigured skin and permanent swelling of the legs.

 More than 200 people in Nyamarebe Sub County in Ibanda district have been diagnosed with Elephantiasis.

 
Despite the fact that, Elephantiasis is known to be transmitted through water by the Filarial warm, the Podoconiosis strain that has been diagnosed in Nyamarebe Sub County is contracted once someone comes into contact with soil in that area, which reacts to their bodies.
 
 
Patients present with undefined swelling of the limbs, rough body surface, disfigured skin and permanent swelling of the legs. Tom Kazungu, the in charge Nyamarebe health centre III says at least 10 people mostly children below ten years are diagnosed with the disease on a monthly basis.
 
Kazungu says despite receiving an increasing number of Elephantiasis patients seeking treatment at the health centre, they don't drugs and experts to handle their condition.

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33-year-old Imauda Ikamire a mother of two has leaved with the disease for 19 years. Ikamire says access to treatment remains the biggest challenge because of lack of drugs and experts to handle their conditions.


 
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Laban Mwesigwa, the Nyamarebe sub county LC 3 chairperson says in 2011 officials from the health ministry and Ibanda district vector control visited the area and took samples from Elephantiasis patients and those that are not sick to ascertain the type of strain.

 He however says since then, nothing has been done yet many more people are contracting the disease. Dr. Julius Bamwine, the Ibanda district health officer says they are aware of the problem but lack resources to tackle it because of under-funding.  


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He says Ibanda district council budgetary allocation does not give priority to the fight against Elephantiasis. Bamwine says annually Ibanda district health department gets shs.145 million under the Primary health Care, which makes it hard to control such diseases.