Gulu district recorded 10,079 cases of malaria in 2018


Anopheles Stephensi is a primary mosquito vector of malaria in urban India and Middle East.
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These cases were recorded from all the health facilities within the district between the months of July to September 2018, and were filed by the Village Health Teams, health officials say.

The report also indicated that Laroo division led with a total of 1375 cases; with Pece division registering the lowest cases of 275, and children under the age of 5 years, however, with pregnant mothers still at risks of contracting malaria.

Gulu district health educator, Mr. William Onyai, explained that, “Malaria trend is gradually deteriorating compared to over 15,000 cases of malaria registered in 2017.”

Mr. Onyai added that Pece division recorded the lowest cases of malaria in 2018 due to number of factors among which includes least villages with drugs stock out cases, and good prevention strategist.

He, however, attributed the decline to routine health education programs, presence of VHTs, and integrated community cases management ICCM strategist.

In the related development, Mr. Onyai stated thus: “In 2018, reports from the various health facilities within the district showed that 500 cases of malaria was recorded in the first week of last year, and later rose up to over 2000 cases per week throughout the year.”

By Acayo Hope Rita & Denis Otti


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