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Nodding Disease: Government Asked To Support Victims

Nodding Disease: Government Asked To Support Victims

Kitgum District leaders have appealed to the government of Uganda to provide some assistance to the nodding disease victims.

These include more than 100 children born by female survivors of the nodding syndrome disease.

According to the leaders, all efforts to trace the fathers of the children have seemed futile. They have also been disowned by their maternal families.

One of the leaders said tracing the fathers is impossible because some of these women were raped and ended up pregnant.

It should be noted that most of these children have attained school age but most of the guardians cannot afford to pay for it.

Mr Richard Ociti, the chairperson of Bongo-Lakur Village said his sub-county has more than 300 cases of the disease.

He added that a number of researchers and non-government organizations have taken samples for research on the disease. However, very little support has been availed to the victims.

Patrick Polly Okin Ojara, the Chua West MP, called upon the government to create more income generating opportunities for the families. He further asked government to design a strategy of sensitizing the public against stigmatization.

In July, locals across the Acholi region charged themselves with mobilizing food and supplies for over 5000 patients of the disease.

This became possible when the Irene Gleeson Foundation (IGF), a charity organisation operating in Kitgum offered its assistance.

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