Disease killing children in Bukomasimbi is severe malaria - medics

Disease killing children in Bukomasimbi is severe malaria - medics
Bukomasimbi District Health Officer Alfred Kato

Severe malaria occurs when infections are complicated by serious organ failures or abnormalities in the patient's blood or metabolism

BUKOMANSIMBI - Health officials in Bukomansimbi says the strange disease that has claimed at least five children in Kitanda Subcounty is severe malaria.

The District Health Officer, Dr Alfred Kato, cases of malaria cases is surging.

"You know that when you get severe malaria sometimes the red blood cells recaptures and as a result people pass out red-coloured urine not necessarily blood," he said.

The medic said bloody urine is a emergency sign.

"So, I urge everybody who get such a child with a fever to take them to a facility where they can manage the situation," Dr Kato added.

According to Dr Kato, Bukomansimbi is grappling with a significant influx of malaria cases. The surge in cases has overwhelmed medical resources, posing a grave challenge for healthcare workers striving to provide adequate care to those afflicted.

The outbreak has cast a dark shadow over the community. The devastating impact of malaria on vulnerable populations, particularly children, underscores the urgent need for swift and comprehensive intervention measures.

Dr Kato has also urged communities to stop self-medication.

"We have discovered that most children who died, their parents kept them home as they buy drugs from clinics which is very wrong because you cannot understand what you are treating and this has resulted in the loss of young lives," Dr Kato said.

Local authorities led by Bukomansimbi Woman MP Veronica Nanyondo and Bukomansimbi North legislator Christine Ndiwalana, in collaboration with health professionals, are mobilizing efforts to contain the spread of the disease.

They have urged the locals to sleep under insecticide-treated bed nets and clear all bushes and stagnant water around your homes, and seek medical treatment when a child has fever.

The loss of five children is a reminder of the persistent health challenges faced by communities in Bukomansimbi and underscores the importance of continued vigilance and investment in healthcare infrastructure and resources to safeguard the well-being of the people.

As the district grapples with this health issue, concerted efforts are underway to stem the tide of malaria and prevent further loss of life in the district.

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