Gulu – 2, August 2021: Gulu district has registered 127,368 cases of malaria in the last financial year of 2020/2021. The Gulu district health department revealed to us this data.
Ballingtone P’Ongwech is the district secretary for health and education. He disclosed the district has recorded “a very high rate and numbers of malaria infections in the last twelve months”.
Ballingtone added that the rise in the malaria infections in Gulu “is because of the return of the rain”.
“Starting right from early March 2021 to July 2021, though there were fewer cases reported from July 2020 to February 2021,” he added.
The health secretary further disclosed that in June 2021 only, they recorded 16,340 cases of malaria infections. “This is really very bad,” he told Jesus in Gulu city.
He, however, stated that from March to June, there were stagnant waters which are breeding places for mosquitoes.
“Bungatira sub county is leading with 75%, Paibona has 73%; Omel sub county with 71% and Awach sub county with the least of 35,” he shared the data.
According to Severe Malaria Observatory, Uganda has the 3rd highest global burden of malaria cases (5%) and the 8th highest level of deaths (3%).
The same source says Uganda also has the highest proportion of malaria cases in East and Southern Africa at 23.7%.