Gulu seeks more funds for nodding disease

Gulu- Inadequate trained staff to handle children recovering from the nodding disease syndrome and inadequate funding is a big setback in giving healthcare services to children recovering from the condition.

Speaking to Daily Monitor in an interview on Tuesday, the focal person for nodding disease syndrome, Gulu District, Mr Michael Cankara, said for the last one year, they have not received funds to facilitate them, something that is affecting their outreach programmes.

“On several occasions, we lack fuel and we end up using personal monies to reach out to the children who are recovering from the syndrome since they need close monitoring,” he said.

He said human resource has also remained a challenge where a total of 26 medical personnel were trained to manage the children in the district yet they have retained only 15.

“We are few on the ground compared to the 326 cases of nodding syndrome in the district,” he added.

Some of the trained personnel have been transferred while others have gone for further studies, Mr Cankara said.

Health workers are supposed to conduct monthly visits to the affected children to monitor their recovery while home visits are also done four times monthly to those with critical cases.

Mr Cankara said the district has five outreaches in Aromowangolobo, Odek, Paicho, Paibona and Labworomo sub-counties.


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