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Gulu Doctor Wants Special Needs Education For Nodding Victims

The director of Gulu referral hospital has appealed to the government and donors to help in establishing a special needs education centre for children with nodding syndrome. Dr. Nathan Onyachi told Members of Parliament in Gulu that there are currently only 30 children with nodding syndrome who are pursuing primary education under the normal system.

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The director of Gulu referral hospital has appealed to the government and donors to help in establishing a special needs education centre for children with nodding syndrome.

 

Dr. Nathan Onyachi says that there are currently only 30 children with nodding syndrome who are pursuing primary education under the normal system. He says however, the establishment of special needs education for nodding syndrome victims will help to educate the disabled children.

 

He also says the hospital needed funds to intensify the rehabilitation services of the children who have the nodding syndrome since most of them have got injuries due to the nodding and also many of their parts have been deformed through accidents.

 

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Dr Onyachi made the statement over the weekend at Gulu district local government while addressing a group of Members of Parliament who sit on the Health Committee.

 

The chair of parliamentary committee on health Kenneth Omona says research is ongoing on the nodding syndrome to establish the cause and the cure. He however said that good care of the victims should be emphasized in terms of nutrition and social care.

 

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Many pupils in Acholi sub-region have reportedly dropped out of school due to the nodding disease syndrome which is tormenting children in the region.

According to Pader district education officials, Aruu Primary School registered a drop in its attendance from 200 pupils in the first term, to only 95 in third term last year due to nodding disease.

 

Nodding disease is an illness characterized by head nodding associated with onchocerciasis. It recorded in Uganda in 2011.

 

Onset of nodding occurs in previously healthy 5–15-year-old children and is often triggered by eating or cold temperatures and accompanied by cognitive impairment. Over 3000 children with nodding disease have been registered in the northern districts of Kitgum, Gulu, Agago, Lamwo and Pader.

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