In to­days’ ple­nary sit­ting, the State Min­is­ter for health MP Opendi in her state­ment on the sit­u­a­tion on nod­ding syn­drome in north­ern Uganda in­formed Par­lia­ment that the to­tal num­ber of deaths to date stands at 137.

She added that Over­all, there have been no deaths reg­is­tered in Oyam, Lira and Gulu dis­tricts.

“ Amuru dis­trict has reg­is­tered 4 deaths which oc­curred be­tween 2016 and 2017. Lamwo dis­trict has reg­is­tered 10 deaths which oc­curred be­tween 2012 and 2017. Kit­gum dis­trict has reg­is­tered 33 deaths, most of which oc­curred be­tween 2012 and 2014. In 2015 Kit­gum dis­trict lost 3 cases, 4 in­2016 and I in Au­gust 2017.” Said Opendi

Par­lia­ment also re­ceived a pre­sen­ta­tion from Dr David Lagoro Ki­tara who pro­posed that 50 mil­lion shillings should be given monthly to the two nod­ding dis­eases Cen­tres in Odek and Tu­man­gur. Ki­tara in­formed Par­lia­ment that nod­ding dis­ease syn­drome is a neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­ease and can­not be trans­mit­ted.

“MPs that the dis­ease is ac­tu­ally treat­able, but re­sources need to be al­lo­cated and more cen­tres need to be opened.” Said Lagoro

Views from MPs’

“There should be a needs as­sess­ment for af­fected house­holds and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­tres should be con­structed in the dis­tricts. He says in­for­ma­tion ob­tained by the Acholi MPs in­di­cate ac­tu­ally that there are over 3,000 chil­dren with nod­ding dis­ease with about 1000 dead, con­trary to what the min­istry says of on 37 chil­dren dead and 2,143 cases to date” Gilbert Olanya the Ki­lak South MP

Ac­cord­ing to Olanya, the house should ap­prove a sup­ple­men­tary bud­get and sup­port the nod­ding syn­drome.

“ I chal­lenge Gov­ern­ment to al­lo­cate the money to North­ern Uganda, the chil­dren can­not be made to suf­fer while money is spent else­where, the af­fected chil­dren could be fu­ture lead­ers of the coun­try whose lives are be­ing ig­nored.” David Abala the Ngora County MP

“There should be an au­dit and in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the al­leged mis­man­age­ment of over 200 mil­lion shillings meant for nod­ding syn­ is un­for­tu­nate that money is re­leased to help chil­dren but some peo­ple don’t have the heart to save the chil­dren” Jes­sica Ababiku, the Ad­ju­mani Woman MP.

Ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of Health, to date 1.8 bil­lion shillings has been dis­bursed to date to­wards nod­ding dis­ease in the North.The de­bate was con­cluded with pledges from state Min­is­ter for Health pledg­ing to find money for the nod­ding dis­ease cen­ters.