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Acholi MPs Demand Solution To Nodding Disease

Members of Parliament mainly from Acholi sub region have tasked government to come up with a comprehensive plan to combat the nodding disease in Northern Uganda.
The Rt. Hon. Deputy Speaker, Jacob Oulanyah, said that the disease was still prevalent in some districts and that it was worrying to learn that government partners were withdrawing from programmes aimed at combating the disease.
“We need Cabinet to come up with a clear strategy on how it plans to absorb the health centres set up by foreign partners in the affected areas to fight the nodding disease; we need the government to deliberate more on that,” Oulanyah said.
Hon. Beatrice Anywar (Kitgum Municipality) said that the committee recommended research on the disease and distributing the findings throughout the country; sensitisation of district medical officers about the disease to reduce stigmatization; that the disease be treated as a special case and victims given special attention; and that government should take charge of all the health centres of Tumangor and Modek because of the withdrawal of government partners among others.
The Minister of State for Northern Uganda, Hon. Grace Kwiyucwiny said that she was overseeing a ministerial programme which is working on rehabilitating Northern Uganda especially the victims of the nodding disease.
“We plan on visiting the affected areas of Pader, Kitgum and Ongom to ascertain the extent of the prevalence of the disease and come up with practical solutions within two weeks,” the Minister said.
The Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Aceng, said that the Ministry is looking for a cure for the disease. She added that the Ministry was on the ground extensively carrying out massive sensitization about the disease in the affected areas.
“We want a drug that can extensively kill the disease because currently the drug used is administered annually but it only kills the young worms,” Aceng said, adding that, “we are buying special medicines for the victims and following up our programmes on eradicating the disease. We also plan on elevating the Health Centres IIs in the area to Health Centre IIIs to help manage the disease.”
Oulanyah however, suggested that the Minister goes back and consults more with Cabinet on the matter. He stayed the debate on the matter until the Minister reports back to Parliament.

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