By George Emuron

BUKEDEA: Authorities in Bukedea have disclosed that the district has registered an increase in sickle cell cases.

According to the district, surveillance for sickle cell trait indicates that for the past three month survey from the month of March, May and June in the three sampled schools of Bukedea life line, Bukedea secondary school and Bukedea comprehensive academy school. There is an increase in the traits.

Evelyn Mwesigwa, the program officer Uganda national health laboratory and diagnostic services on Thursday morning during the district engagement meeting chaired by the Resident District Commissioner Bukedea said out of the schools sampled, 1871 were tested positive

Mwesigwa said, most of this happens simply because of the ignorance of people in the community.

“We people conduct tests of sickle cells, yet the virus is terrible, it kills children between the ages of 1-5 years”, said Mwesigwa.

She also appealed to the district leadership to take serious action on sensitizing the masses on the dangers of the sickle virus.

Stephen Ikodet, the acting district health officer Bukedea said, previously before the sampling screening, the district had only seven confirmed cases.

He says the alarming outcomes of the sampled school has made the district worry since most of the people in the community pay less attention to screening sickle cell.

“We as a district are going to take serious action on mobilizing awareness to the community on the dangers of sickle cells,” said Mr. Ikodet.

Moses Olemukan, the district chairperson Bukedea says besides other priorities, the district should put more emphasis on the prevention of the sickle cell virus.

Hajji Imran Muluga, the Resident District Commissioner Bukedea who chaired the meeting, tasked leaders for the collaboration effort.

He said as the representative of the government, based on the reports revealed, he will forward the matter to the president.

Imran also added that, since the report is alarming, there is a need for the government to improvise test kits to the health facilities and train community surveillance teams.

“Sickle cell disease is a very terrible disease, I’m calling the office of the district health officer to take serious action to ensure that people are sensitized,” said Imran.

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