There is a surge of Malaria cases in Budaka district despite
benefiting from the indoor residual spraying exercise conducted in Bukedi sub-region about 6 months ago.
The other districts that benefited from the exercise are Butaleja, Kibuku and Pallisa.
However, records from
Budaka district show that malaria cases increased especially in May, June, July
and August. In January, the district registered 2996 malaria cases and Feb 4434
In March when IRS was conducted, the district registered 5952
malaria cases. In April shortly after the spraying, the district registered
3659 cases and in May 4514 cases. The district registered 3567, 3430 and 2669
cases in June, July and August respectively.
Dr. Erisa Mulwani, the Budaka District Health
Officer says that Kadeluna, Liama and Mugiti sub-counties have the highest
cases of malaria with a positivity rate of 80%. He says that the increasing
malaria cases have led to the stock out of antimalarial drugs in health
He blames the problem on low usage of insecticide-treated
nets and failure by residents to clear bushes around their homes. Dr. Mulwani
also says that IRS did not cause a big impact in reducing malaria cases, which
calls for research to establish the problem.
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George Mukamba, the Budaka District Health
Secretary, says that the situation in the district is alarming. He says that a
team from the ministry of health visited the district and almost declared
malaria a pandemic.
He says at least two children succumb to malaria at Budaka
health center IV weekly.
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Mukamba says that the use of nets is not adequate
to prevent the spread of malaria because many people have bedding facilities,
which cannot support property usage.
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The high malaria cases in the region have also
raised concern from the authorities at the Mbale Regional Referral Hospital. The
hospital administrators say they register many cases from Budaka, Butaleja and
Dr. Emmanuel Tugaineyo, the Director Mbale
Regional Referral Hospital told URN in an interview that the blood stock out at
the hospital is caused by high malaria cases especially among children who are
anemic by the time of admission.
Kirinya Ayubu is the URN Bureau Chief of Elgon/Bukedi Sub Regions . He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Islamic University in Uganda and a Diploma in Computer Science and Information Technology from the same University.