Government has finally delivered nutritional foods to victims of the nodding syndrome in Kitgum district a month after the stores ran dry.
Consignments of beans and posho reached Kitgum last week and were rushed to treatment centres for distribution to the families of the affected children. The families had resorted to using local food varieties harvested from the gardens.
Luka Nyeko, the Nodding Syndrome Taskforce chairperson for Kitgum district, says the food is still insufficient for the many families affected by the disease. Nyeko says government wants the delivered food rationed for feeding the affected children only regardless of the condition of other children in the families.
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Many of the affected children have either drowned in water or fallen into fires during bouts of seizures when left home alone. Some parents tied their children onto trees to allow them time to concentrate on garden work.
To improve care and welfare of the children, Kitgum district has entered a partnership agreement with Hope for Humans, an American Humanitarian Organisation to construct a Day Care Centre for children suffering from the nodding syndrome. The centre is to be built in Tumangu, the worst affected area in the District.
Nyeko said all children affected by the syndrome will be gathered every morning to undergo better care and trainings on business and life skills as they are monitored by a team of experts the organization will assemble together.
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The centre to be constructed in February 2014 will be constructed on a piece of land donated to the organisation by a parent whose children suffered from the syndrome.