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Nothern Uganda hit by nodding disease

12 November 2014, 19:02 Godfrey Olukya

Gulu - According to area Medical Officer, Benon Oguti, the problem of nodding disease continues to create havoc on children in northern Uganda particularly the districts of Gulu and Kitigum.

Children suffering from the disease nod their heads continuously and if not attended to, they can easily lose their lives.

The cause of the disease is not yet established but preliminary investigations indicated that it is an epilepsy-related disease.

Two years ago, it infected over 1 000 children in northern Uganda but the Ministry of Health with help from donor partners massively treated them although over 100 died.

Kitigum district women MP, Beatrice Anywar is calling upon the government to make interventions and save the children.

Anywar said, ''1 200 children are affected with nodding disease. 100 of them have so far died, 50 of them have been defiled and 35 have given birth.''

Anywar said that despite all this, the suspects involved in abusing the rights of the children affected by the disease have been released by police without prosecution.

She is demands that a police station be established in an area where the problem is concentrated so as the children can report the offences.

Responding on behalf of government Minister for General Duties, Tarsis Kabwegyere said that government will ensure that the suspects are arrested and police officers responsible for messing up with suspects disciplined.

Police in Uganda is regarded by nationals as the most corrupt government institution although those who head it often deny the allegations.

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