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Health workers and Parents exposed to nodding syndrome – DHO

Gulu’s District Health Officer (DHO) has warned that parents and health workers are more exposed to the disease due to the lack of training on how to handle persons who have been affected by the disease. 

Dr Paul Onek issued the warning during an emergency meeting that was held last weekend in Gulu, adding further that there have been no funds allocated to the district to help them train staffs who treat care for and treat victims. 

“Those who handle the sick do not have skills and are not well equipped with the basics of how to handle the victims which is causing fear among medical officials since the root cause of the disease is not yet established,” he said.

Dr Onek added that the district needs a treatment center to treat the victims and that many parents lack the means to transport their sic children to Gulu Regional Referral hospital. 

He added that there is also need to disseminate information to villages by pinning posters on trees outlining the symptoms and where parents and guardians can seek further medical advice and attention. 

The Woman Member of Parliament for Gulu district Hon Betty Aol Ocan however accused the Ministry of health for neglecting Gulu district in the fight against the syndrome adding that MPs in all affected districts are members on the task force but Gulu district is not represented.  She also said that well as those on the task force represent areas that are severely affected by the disease, it is those who are outside that are speaking out. 

The Coordinator for Nodding Disease Centers Dr Bernard Opar however noted that government is doing enough to combat the disease and that some staffs have been trained in some districts.  Adding further that there are plans under way to extend training to other district. 

The Ministry of Finance and Economic Development mid last month released cash worth shs 2.75 billion for activities related to the nodding syndrome, 115 million was given to Pader, Kitgum received 101 million and Lamwo got 99 million but Gulu district was left out.

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