World Vision Uganda Boosts Malaria Fight in Kitgum

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Last year, World Vision donated another consignment of anti-malaria drugs, deworming tablets, multi vitamins and other medical equipment worth Shillings 102 Million to support routine Child days plus in April, June and October.

World Vision Uganda has donated an assortment of anti-Malaria drugs worth Uganda Shillings 60 Million to boost the fight against the Malaria epidemic in Kitgum district.

 
Samuel Apire, a Community Development Officer With World Vision Uganda Kitgum cluster handed over the consignment which included Artesunate injections, Paracetamols, Coartem, syringes, clinical gloves amongst others to Kitgum Health Department on Thursday this week.


Apire says the medical equipment was procured under the five years, East African Maternal, Newborn and child health Project on recommendations of the Ministry of Health for treatment of Malaria among infants, expectant mothers and new born mothers.

 
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Last year, World Vision donated another consignment of anti-malaria drugs, deworming tablets, multi vitamins and other medical equipment worth Shillings 102 Million to support routine Child days plus in April, June and October.

 
Apire says this donation is the fourth since 2014 when the first malaria epidemic was recorded in Kitgum district that the charity has mobilized for fighting the disease ranked as the leading cause of maternal and infant mortality in Sub Saharan Africa. 


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Thomas Ojok, the acting Kitgum District Health Officer says prevalence of Malaria still stands at 80 percent and children under five years are the most affected. 



Coupled with persistent lack of blood, Ojo says the district loses an average of 4 infants each week. He says the donation by World Vision arrived at a time that health centers II are struggling to treat the disease.
 
 
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Ojok says the affected health facilities have been borrowing drug supplies and medical equipment from neighboring facilities in order to prevent deaths because of acute shortage of drugs. 


In May and June, the department reported a 90 percent prevalence of Malaria with six deaths each week and more than 6,000 hospital admissions. 




Ojok says although a brief lull in rainfall is believed to have interfered with the high growth of population of Malaria causing mosquitoes in June, the district Anti Malaria task force is yet to sit next week to review data collected in various health facilities to define the actual current trend of the disease.  


While receiving the drugs, Johnson Omona, Kitgum district chairperson said the assortment should be disbursed to support village health teams involved in door to door treatment of Malaria.



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Peter Labeja
Peter Labeja has been a practicing journalist for the last 13 years during which he has covered part of the brutal conflict which bedeviled Northern Uganda as well as the painful transition to Peace thereafter. Emerging post conflict issues such as land rights of under privileged widows and orphans, challenges of access to social services in the immediate aftermath of Lord’s Resistance Army conflict in Northern Uganda.

Labeja is now the Northern Uganda Bureau chief in Acholi Sub Region since 2014 - Gulu, Amuru, Nwoya and Omoro districts as well as South Sudan falls within his areas of jurisdiction. He previously worked with The Vision Group for four years.

Labeja’s major career interests are in Climate Change; Agriculture and Environment - natural resources such as Water, Oil and Gas; Transitional Justice; Human Rights, Democracy and Governance as well as South Sudan’s humanitarian crisis. In 2013, Labeja was awarded a prestigious Pan African Journalism Award for excellence in journalism at United Nation’s UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya for Climate Change and Health Reporting.