Gulu district health department has registered a spike in cases of malaria in the district amidst malaria drug shortage.
At least 69,254 individuals tested positive for Malaria in the District in the last nine months, according the latest figures released by the district health department. This translates into 36 percent of 190,959 patients who were treated for various medical conditions in the district. They include 24,851 males and 44,403 females.
The over 69,000 Malaria cases were registered between July 2021 and March 2022 from 24 health facilities within the district. 40 percent of the Malaria patients were children under 5.
Meanwhile, 30 percent of patients who sought for treatment at the Outpatient Department (OPD) were found to be suffering from Malaria.
The report further indicates that Malaria remained a disease of the highest burden to the district, contributing to over 30 percent to total diagnosis at the Outpatient Departments (OPDs) recorded at the health facilities.
Last week, Shiela Nduhukire, Senior communications Officer said they were in process of beginning to deliver drugs to district experiencing drug crisis.
Uganda has the third highest deaths from malaria in Africa and some of the highest recorded malaria transmission rates in the continent, particularly in the areas of around Lake Kyoga in central Uganda.