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Kitgum District Runs Out Of Nodding Syndrome Drugs

Kitgum District has run out of newly procured Sodium Valprate, the most essential drug required for managing nodding syndrome in the district.

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Kitgum District has run out of newly procured Sodium Valprate, the most essential drug required for managing nodding syndrome in the district.

 

Dr. Luka Nyeko, the Chairperson of Kitgum District Nodding Syndrome Taskforce, tells Uganda Radio Network that just a few drugs that have kept the district going over the last one week were borrowed from neighbouring Lamwo District.

 

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Dr. Nyeko says the shortfall set in when Pader district borrowed some of the drugs from Kitgum stores after the Ministry of Health delayed to deliver new supplies requested by different districts.

 

He says the stock-out fell at a time the children had begun responding well to the Sodium Valprate treatment. He thus fears the acute shortfall might reverse the good gains achieved in fighting the disease if not acted on fast enough.

 

Nodding Syndrome has affected at least 4,000 Children below the age of 15 since it was noticed in 2009 in Acholi sub-region. The nodding syndrome is a rare health condition that presents with severe nodding of the head among children between five and 15 years. Doctors are still baffled about the cause of the disease.

 

Government adopted a number of strategies to tackle the rare condition including spraying Aswa River Valley to eradicate black flies, thought to be responsible for the cause of the syndrome. Dr. Nyeko says since the aerial spray of the River Fringes in April, no new cases have been reported in Kitgum district.

 

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Kitgum district established three major treatment centres at Tumangu, Okidi and Kitgum Matidi Health Centres, located in remote parts of the district.

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