Kitgum Battling Fresh Upsurge of Malaria, 255 Children hospitalized


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Kitgum district health department reports an increasing prevalence of Malaria that has left at least 255 children hospitalized at Kitgum Hospital alone.

Kitgum district forms a task force to fight malaria, which is reportedly on the increase in the district.
The task force, headed by Kitgum Resident District Commissioner, Williams Komakech has been tasked with the responsibility to popularize the fight against the disease in the district.
Komakech says his team will use a multi-pronged intervention including resumption of Indoor Residual Spray (IRS) to kill malaria spreading mosquitoes.

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According to Komakech, the task force will also engage in massive sensitization of the population to embrace preventive measures such as proper use of mosquito nets, clearing bushes and sleeping under treated insecticide nets.

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The district is battling fresh upsurge of Malaria that has left at least 255 children hospitalized at Kitgum Hospital alone. The number of those who have succumbed to the disease in the district is still unclear.

Dr. Geoffrey Akena, the Medical Superintendent of Kitgum Hospital says the number of cases rose sharply in the second week of December.
This is the second time this year Malaria is reported on the increase in Northern Uganda following the suspension of Indoor Residual Spray (IRS) last year. In the first half of the year, more than 20,000 people were affected.

According to Malaria Control Program of the Ministry of Health, Uganda has the sixth highest number of annual deaths from malaria in Africa.


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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.