Malaria cases in Uganda surge by 40 per cent in three months


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KAMPALA, Aug. 14 (Xinhua/GNA) – Uganda’s
ministry of health has announced that the country is facing an unprecedented
increase of malaria cases over the last three months.

Jimmy Opigo, head of Malaria Control Program
told Xinhua by telephone that between June and August the cases have increased
to 1.4 million from 1 million.

“This is the peak season of malaria in
Uganda. That is why we are recording more cases compared to other
quarters,” Opigo said.

Ministry of Health attributed the increase
to climate change which has brought prolonged rains, reduced use of insecticide
treated mosquito nets and increased population growth and refugee immigration
in some parts of the country. 

In order to address the surging number of
cases, the ministry has started distributing emergency supplies like
Artemisinin-based Combination Therapy, Rapid Diagnostic Tests, long-lasting
insecticide-treated mosquito nets and strengthening village health teams. 

Ministry of Health figures show that malaria
is endemic in approximately 95 percent of the country, affecting over 90
percent of the population.

The disease is still the leading cause of
death in the country, accounting for over 27 percent deaths, mostly of pregnant
women and children under five years of age, according to ministry data. 

GNA

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