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Nodding areas to be sprayed

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Health Minister Christine Ondoa launches the aerial spraying exercise in Pader District recently.

Health Minister Christine Ondoa launches the aerial spraying exercise in Pader District recently. The minister said the exercise would extend to the South Sudan border. PHOTO by ROBERT OWOT. 

By Robert Owot

Posted  Thursday, December 6   2012 at  02:00

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The exercise that was launched by the government last week, is meant to rid the areas of the black flies, believed to be part of the cause.

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The government has began the aerial spraying of Nodding Syndrome areas in Acholi Sub-region to kill and combat the multiplication of black flies, which are partly suspected to be behind the mysterious disease.

The Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Desert Locust Control Organisation for East Africa, will conduct the exercise for one-and-a-half months in Pader, Gulu, Kitgum, Lamwo, Oyam, Lira and Amuru districts, which have so far registered more than 6,000 cases of the nodding disease.

Launching the programme at Paipir Primary School Grounds in Pader Town Council recently, President Museveni asked nodding victims to be patient as the government finds a cure for the disease.

“The government is still waiting for the results from the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, USA,” the President said in his statement read for him by Health Minister Christine Ondoa. He added that the aerial spraying was one of the government interventions as they await experts’ feedback and urged health workers to take a pivotal role in treating other neglected diseases.

Dr Ondoa asked the leaders in the region to embrace the chemical aerial spraying of the black flies, saying it had been proven to be environmental friendly and that a number of countries had used it successfully.

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