Gloria Anena, a Senior Clinical Officer and administrator at Omoro Health Centre IV says 30% of the 200,000 children that are quarterly brought to the facility for treatment are suffering from sickle cell disease while 50% have some level of malnourishment.
Venancio Okello, the Omoro District Health Educator says health Workers in the various Sub-counties collected more than 2,000 sputum samples during the campaign but the majority of samples are yet to be tested for TB.
Rev. Vincent Oceng Ocen, the Omoro District Education Officer told Uganda Radio Network in an interview over the weekend that they have linked 168 primary and secondary schools to 27 health facilities.
John Paul Nyeko, the Coordinator of Mental Health Uganda in Northern Uganda told URN on Monday that the initiative comes at a time when the region is reporting high cases of relapses among mental health and new cases reporting at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital Mental Health department daily.
Sheikh Musa Khalil, the Acholi Kadhi and Co-Chair of the ARLPI told URN on Saturday that they are creating awareness about the pandemic through community engagements with local leaders to encourage people to adhere to the preventive measures.
Grace Atim, an elderly mother and resident of Ajan village in Lamola Parish in Odek lost her daughter to the disease. She says if they are empowered through vocational training and soft skills such as agribusiness, village savings schemes, and tailoring and small business enterprises they will be able to fend for themselves and relieve the government the burden of begging.
Michael Odur, a resident of Labworomor village in Akwang, says that caring for the children affected by the nodding condition since the closure of the treatment centers has become an uphill task for him and the entire family due to resource constraints.
Medical recommendations from Lacor and Gulu Regional Referral Hospital require five million shillings for treating the patient at Mulago. However, the family cannot afford it and the mother is crying out to well-wishers to come to her rescue.
Venansio Okello, the Omoro District Health Educator says that less than half of the children were not immunized within the stipulated period due to impassable roads, lack of transport to health facilities,
According to Okao, two of the 217 victims in the district died after being returned to their parents when the center collapsed a year ago. He asks Ministry of Health to consider reopening the Centre to support the rehabilitation, care and treatment of such children.
According to Okello who heads the resource mobilization committee, they opted for Don Bosco Atede because they have the facilities needed by the health department and also do not have any candidates who are easting examinations this year.
Robert Ongom, the district health officer says the government did not allocate the district any ambulance and yet the standing guideline from the ministry of health says every district must at least have two ambulances to transport any suspect case or contacts.
They argue that they are facing an uphill task to meet the feeding needs of the children. Many of these had been supported by Hope for Humans, a non-government organization which was set up to shelter, treat and rehabilitate nodding disease victims. But the centre shutdown in 2017 due to funding constraints.