Northern Uganda Records 658 Malaria Deaths

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The Health Ministry spokesperson, Rukia Nakamatte, says the ministry has also delivered medicines including the second line anti-malaria drugs for severe cases in an attempt to ensure effective treatment.

658 people have died of malaria and 1,005,632 cases reported in various health facilities in Northern Uganda since July last year, the Health Ministry has revealed.

 
As a result of the high malaria prevalence, the Health Ministry dispatched a team of 374 health workers to the region to help contain the malaria epidemic.

 
The Health Ministry spokesperson, Rukia Nakamatte, says the ministry has also delivered medicines including the second line anti-malaria drugs for severe cases in an attempt to ensure effective treatment.

 

So far a total of 34,000 bed nets have been distributed to most deserving households. Nakamatte says that the ministry is also considering conducting Indoor Residual Spraying in the affected districts.


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The interventions target  38 health facilities in Agago, 26 in Amuru, 55 in Gulu, 28 in Apac, 20 in Kitgum, 26 in Oyam, 31 in Pader, 22 in Lamwo, 13 in Nwoya and 26 in Kole district.


Under the arrangement, the ministry will position a doctor at each of the general hospitals in the region, two at Health center IVs, two Clinical Officers at Health Centre IIIs and one nurse at Health Centre IIs.
 
 
Global Fund has committed Shillings 22 Billion for the Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) in the 10 affected districts.
 

 

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Beatrice Nyangoma
Beatrice Nyangoma values her independence as a journalist. This was one of her major considerations before she became a URN staffer in 2015.

Nyangoma says, "I like URN because it gives me room to decide what stories I want to work on. That is so important to me."

The URN Jinja bureau chief since July 2016, Nyangoma considers health matters a beat close to her heart. One of the highlights of her career so far were her exclusive interviews unveiling the rot in Mulago hospital in early 2016.

Nyangoma started out writing for the Red Pepper newspaper in 2011 in her final year of university. She was majorly a health reporter. In 2012, Nyangoma moved to Top Television as a health, business reporter and weekend news editor. She was also the assistant editorial manager of Kabarole Research and Resource Centre FM (KRC FM).