All adolescent girls to get drug for spinal cord defect

Dr Juliet Nabbanja, Ministry of Health has said all girls at menstruation age will be given folic acid to curb rising cases of debilitating spinal cord defect dubbed spina bifida and hydrocephalus.

What you need to know:

  • Hydrocephalus is a potentially deadly build-up of fluid in the brain and it manifests with increased size of the head

The Ministry of Health has said all girls at menstruation age will be given folic acid to curb rising cases of debilitating spinal cord defect dubbed spina bifida and hydrocephalus.
Spina bifida is a birth defect that occurs when the spine and spinal cord don’t form properly and it manifests with weakness or total paralysis of the legs, lack of self control of bowel and urinary movements, among others.
Hydrocephalus is a potentially deadly build-up of fluid in the brain and it manifests with increased size of the head. 
 
“Ministry of Health has put a pilot project in 15 primary schools [in 15 districts] to ensure all menstruating girls start early consumption of folic acid and this shall be extended to cover the whole country,” Dr Jackson Amone, the commissioner for clinical services, said yesterday in a statement, which was presented by Dr Juliet Nabbanja, another ministry official.

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