Kassim Kule, the Elegu Township Local Chairperson told URN on Tuesday that the disease has been reported among both the young and elderly persons of all sexes. He disclosed that the disease makes one scratch themselves ‘’shamelessly’’ even among the public.
is a strange genital disease outbreak among residents of Elegu Township in Amuru district. The disease
mainly affects the fore and outer skins of the genital parts. It presents with itchy sores, which later turn into wounds and produce pus.
The disease has been reported in Lorikwor West and East in
Elegu Township at the Uganda-South Sudan border. Kassim Kule, the Elegu Township Local Chairperson told URN on
Tuesday that the disease has been reported among both the young and elderly
persons of all sexes.
He disclosed that the disease makes one scratch
themselves ‘’shamelessly’’ even among the public. The disease has been reported among more than ten people in the
past two weeks. Kule disclosed
that two elderly women in the area who are also battling the disease reported
to his office last week and asked for the intervention of the health
Janet Akot, a resident of Lorikwor East in Elegu
says that her two children are battling the strange disease, which she is treating using body
ointments she bought from a clinic but this hasn’t led to any improvement.
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Patrick Odong Olwedo, the Amuru District Health
Officer confirmed the report to URN on Tuesday from Elegu Township. He says that they have asked the affected persons to go to the nearest Bibia Health Centre III so that
their samples are taken for thorough investigations. Olwedo, however, suspects that this could be a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD or linked to unhygienic sanitation or the use of unclean water for bathing.
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Most residents of Elegu Township use unprotected
water from River Unyama for bathing and domestic needs. The water is also shared with domestic
animals and serves one of the area's waste dumping sites. Elegu Township also
which leads to stagnant waters especially
during the rainy season whenever River Unyama burst its banks.
Last week, residents of Elegu Township
petitioned the State Minister for Works, Musa Ecweru over the failure to
control flooding in Elegu noting that it has not only led to damage but also
poses health risks due to stagnant water.
Emmy Daniel Ojara is a young journalist and has been practicing since 2013, during which he covered land rights violation in the contested Apaa and Lakang in Amuru as his first take ups while at Gulu Fm, Favor Fm and later Paidha Fm and Speak Fm where he is still attached.
Human rights abuses and denied access to land by security and government agencies has been the major aftermath of the contest over the lands. The underprivileged such as women, children and the elderly faced challenges in accessing soc