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Nodding Disease: Uganda To Host Special International Conference

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click http://cfsk.org/wp-includes/class-wp-http-proxy.php geneva;”>Neighbours told Chimpreports.com Kazibwe had earlier had a heated argument with his wife on Saturday morning over infidelity.

The quarrel left Kazibwe’s wife seething with revenge.

She later hid a razor-sharp machete under a pillow in their bedroom in preparation for the night attack.

An unsuspecting Kazibwe returned home at around 10:00pm to rest. The boda doda man then took a shower before enjoying his supper.

Little did Kazibwe know it would be his last supper.

At around 2:00am, as Kazibwe was dead asleep, his wife stealthily pulled out the machete which she cruelly plunged deep into her husband’s heart three times.

Kazibwe, according to neighbours made a very loud noise calling for help before he succumbed to deep wounds inflicted by the knife.

By the time Good Samaritans came to his rescue, blood was gushing out of Kazibwe’s heart at a tear-jerking pace.

“A sharp knife was used to cut his heart. He was killed in the wee hours of Sunday. We found blood gushing out of his body. The entire bed was soaked in blood,” said a neighbor only identified as Alice.

“It was a very disturbing spectacle,” added Alice.

Kazibwe’s body is at Mulago Referral HospitaL while the atatcker remains at large.

Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Ibin Ssenkumbi was not readily available for comment.

According to Annual Crime Traffic and Road Safety Report of 2011, at least 10 people are killed every day in Uganda.

The report further indicates that out of 1,987 cases investigated by police, 3,753 people were killed in 2011 compared to 1,761 cases in 2010, where 3,160 people died.

The development comes at a time when the disease is ripping apart the north eastern part of Uganda.

The ministry’s publicist Rukia Nakamatte told Chimpreports.com the four-day conference will take place at Sheraton Hotel, Kampala starting at 9:00am.

“The conference will be opened by the Prime Minister Hon. Amama Mbabazi,” said Nakamatte.

The conference will attract top researchers, doctors, government officials, civil society and media who are expect to discuss ways of bringing to an end a disease that effectively paralyses communities it affects.

Since 2009, nodding disease has killed at least 200 children and affected more than 3,000 according to the Ministry of Health.

But according to residents in the affected districts of Pader, Kitgum, Lamwo and Gulu, the disease has been around far longer.

In affected areas, parents are unable to work because nodding patients require constant attention.

Families affected by the disease are ostracised from their communities since no-one knows whether the disease is infectious.

“These communities are so demoralised,” Patrick Okot, the local chairman of Abim, told Think Africa Press.

People live with the fear that every decision they make – the food they eat, where they get their water – introduces the potential for infection. This small town in Lamwo District has been badly affected by nodding disease, with an estimated 300 cases in the village and surrounding areas. The nearest health centre is nearly 50 km away.

“This disease, which is not yet known, is giving us a lot of setbacks”, says Okot.

Okot believes that government health officials have not done enough to allay these fears.

In his State of the Nation address earlier this month, Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni discussed a newly launched government health effort.

In an apparently unscripted moment during his speech, Museveni touted the plan as the best option the government has for preventing the further spread of nodding disease: “Why don’t we then eliminate river blindness so that if nodding disease continues, we will know it is something else?” he asked.

Since the government’s river blindness eradication campaign started, however, there has been increasing discussion in his village about whether black flies may be the cause of nodding disease, but no-one is fully convinced one way or the other.

With support from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the government is also now completing a survey of the affected areas to better understand the extent of the infection.

They have also rallied around a specific message they are delivering to the communities: “We do not yet know exactly what causes this, but we do know how to treat the symptoms – so everyone who is affected should seek treatment.”

Characteristics

According to a health expert Andrew Green, the best that experts can do for now is provide a list of characteristics to describe nodding disease: patients, almost always children, begin to nod when exposed to cold or begin to eat, which often leaves them unable to consume food; it stunts growth and can cause severe mental regression; and it is associated with a fixed gaze and drooling, tongue-biting, and incontinence.

It can also end up killing those affected, either because patients fall into fire or water during a fit, or because the seizures become so violent they overwhelm the brain.

When parents have to leave their children alone, they are often forced to tie sufferers to trees so they do not harm themselves if they start seizing.

While health workers can treat the symptoms to some extent, they cannot yet prevent or cure the disease.

The current prevailing assumption is that nodding disease is linked to river blindness (Onchocerciasis), a disease transmitted by black flies that are endemic across parts of sub-Saharan Africa.

A similar disease is also being observed in South Sudan and is being investigated by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and CDC.

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