Cases of malaria top other diseases afflicting communities of Palabek sub-county in Lamwo district
Sister Vic Aida Ayo, a medical officer at Palabek Ocili Health III in Lamwo district, said the presence of huge number of refugees undermines the copping abilities of the host communities by increasing on the number of persons suffering from malaria disease.
Ayo disclosed that the number of people suffering from Malaria in Lamwo district, has risen to 7,850 averagely per month from below 5,000 cases.
Ayo said Palabek Health Center III faces challenges such as inadequate medics and lack of space to accommodate the ever rising number of patients received on a daily basis.
Over the weekend, the Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda commissioned a facility housing an Out Patient Department at the health centre plus two staff houses.
Rugunda disclosed that in the next five years, the government intends to invest more heavily in refugee hosting districts under the “Displacement Impact Programme” which is funded by the World Bank.
Some of districts to benefit from this funding are: Arua, Moyo, Yumbe, Koboko, Adjumani, Lamwo,Hoima , Kikuube, Kiryandongo, Isingiro, Kyegwegwa and Kamwenge in south western Uganda.