BUKOMANSIMBI - Residents of Kitanda Subcounty in Bukomansimbi District are getting worked up after an unknown disease that is killing their children.
The strange disease has been confirmed in six villages of Bakijjulula, Kabandiiko, Kabangereza, Missenyi, and Kyankoko all located in Makukuulu parish and Gayaza parish.
The disease is said to affect only children between 10-15 years of age and the number of children that get affected is increasing by the day.
At least four children have been confirmed dead of a strange disease.
Margret Namuwonge, a resident of Kyankoko Village in Gayaza Parish in Kitanda subcounty, who is still in mourning after the loss of her 14-years-old daughter Linnet Nakayiiki last week said the death of her daughter still shocks her.
Namuwonge said that he daughter the late Nakayiiki was hit by what appeared to be a minor sickness two weeks ago. She bought for her medicine from a clinic in Kyankoko but four days later, her daughter started urinating blood.
She shocked parents took their daughter to Villa Maria hospital where they confirmed that she had lost too much blood and that her kidney was damaged.
George Byakatonda and his wife Teddy Nampijja residents of Kabandiiko village also in Kitanda subcounty also lost their 13-year-old daughter Justine Nansamba after she showed similar symptoms.
Nansamba is said to have had headache and then fever and in just one day she started urinating blood.
Nampijja said at first she thought that her daughter had received her periods ‘but she told me that mummy no its just a blood we rushed her to the hospital where she received 14 drips of blood and 25 drips of water but unfortunately she died.
Florence Namujju, whose daughter also experienced similar signs and symptoms, says that at Villa Maria hospital they told her that she suffered from malaria and she got medication. Fortunately she recovered though since then she is very weak.
Residents said that this disease affects only children and when they start urinating blood within three days they die.
They have appealed to the Ministry of Health to investigations on the disease that is taking the lives of their children because in hospital they tell them different diseases although children have the same symptoms.
Kitanda subcounty chairperson Kamuli Joseph said they have written to the district authorities about the disease but they have not yet received any response.
However, the Bukomansimbi health officer, Dr,. Kato Alfred when contacted on phone he said he has sent a team of medical workers to investigate.