Karamoja and Busoga sub regions still record the highest number of people suffering from trachoma, a disease that has largely been defeated in other parts of the country. This according to a report by the ministry of health.
Karamoja and Busoga sub regions
still record the highest number of people suffering from trachoma, according to a report by the health ministry.While the blinding disease has been eliminated, it is reportedly persisting in Busoga and Karamoja.
Dr.Stanley Bubikire, the assistant
commissioner in charge of disability says latest data from health management information system reveal traces of the disease in the two sub regions.In 2016, similar data indicated that the prevalence of trachoma in the Karamoja region was as high as 60%.
Dr. Bubikire says that besides the
trachoma, the Busoga sub region is also leading with the cataracts.
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The ministry of Health had set 2020
to have eliminated the trachoma from the country, however, was forced to extend
the deadline for the elimination from 2020 to 2022.
The World Health
Organization (WHO) had set a global goal to eliminate all the Neglected
Tropical Diseases (NTD) by 2020. However, several countries have failed to
achieve the target due to the recurrence of the disease.
According to Dr.Bubikire, the
government is trying to come up with intervention to control the burden and
among them is opening up a big eye department in the Karamoja region to help in
dealing with the disease.
Uganda has 144,000 blind people and
over 2, 2520,000 people are estimated to have moderate and severe impairment.
This is according to the so far latest Random Assessment of Avoidable Blindness
surveys of 2012 /2014.
Speaking prior to the World Sight
day, Dr. Charles Olaro, the director health services –curative ministry of
health says that the eye diseases arr among o the top ten causes of morbidity and outpatient
He emphasizes that 57 % of blind
cases in the country are caused by cataracts.
Dr Olaro indicates that so far
there is no medicine that terminates cataracts apart from surgery.
Dr.Olaro says symptoms of cataracts
include trouble with bright lights, difficulties with night vision, unclear
vision among others. He explains that this can be mainly caused by eye
injuries and diabetes.
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Meanwhile Dr.Olaro warns about the
use of computers and phones with un adjusted lights, saying that this
contributes to the advanced sight challenges.
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Dr.Dennis Elima, the secretary
general Ophthalmologists Society says they are still facing a challenge of
nurses to help them in the theatre which he attributes to the absence of a
formal training course in ophthalmic nursing.
Among the issues that the government
is considering for 2021 -2025 as its strategic plan to improve eye health is
the increasing of human resource for eye health .Uganda will on Thursday
October 14, 2021 join the rest of the world to commemorate the world sight day
with celebration in Moroto district.