NAKADAMA PROMISES MORE GOVERNMENT SUPPORT TO FAMILIES OF CHILDREN WITH NODDING SYNDROME

Third Deputy Prime Minister, Rukia Isanga Nakadama, in checkered dress with the Acholi leaders

BY GLADYS LAKAREBER

KITGUM: Wednesday, July 27, 2022

The mysterious nodding syndrome has lingered for over 20 years in Northern Uganda, affecting more than 3,000 children.

However, the Third Deputy Prime Minister, Rukia Isanga Nakadama has promised that the government will increase its support to the families.

Nakadama said this will come in the form of upgrading the Tumangu Nodding center in Kitgum district to a level of a health centre IV and availing money to the families affected by nodding syndrome to construct shelters.

There are 488 households in Tumangu village taking care of children with nodding disease in Labongo-Akwang sub-county, Kitgum district where the first samples for testing were taken from in 2011.

On May 26, 2017, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni commissioned the Tumangu Nodding center to provide care to the affected children.

Joe Otto, the Labongo-Akwang Sub-county Nodding disease coordinator, said most of the patients sheltered at the Tumangu center are children born between 1993-2005.

He said this is taking a toll on the various economic activities like farming and trade, education and social life of the people in Northern Uganda.

Nakadama said working together with the leaders from Acholi sub-region, the government will work to address the issue of the nodding disease syndrome.

The Deputy Prime Minister was speaking at the Irene Gelson memorial charity walk, an annual commemoration to celebrate her noble contribution towards supporting people affected by nodding disease.

Professor Dr Sylvester Onzivua, who works with Ministry of Health as well as Makerere University, said a collaboration with the University of Toronto in Canada is underway aimed at helping to identify the cause of Nodding syndrome and the good news is they have identified what the disease is and how it should be managed.

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