Spina Bifida and hydrocephalus Association of Uganda has launched a campaign to create awareness about the health conditions which are on the rise in Acholi Sub Region.
Spina bifida is a condition that affects the spine and is usually apparent at birth while Hydrocephalus is a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) builds up within the fluid-containing cavities or ventricles of the brain.
Isaac Odong, a Senior Public Health Specialist at Spina Bafida and hydrocephalus association of Uganda said that Acholi sub region has registered over 400 cases of the two diseases in the last three years.
Odong who was speaking during a stakeholder meeting on Thursday in Omoro District said several of the several born with the conditions have been killed by their parents who think such children are evil spirits and a curse to the family.
He however said the diseases preventable if mothers attend antenatal care and treatable if detected at an early stage.
He said these diseases come as a result of pregnant mothers failing to take folic acid or eating food rich with folic acid.
Okello Douglas Peter Okao, the LCV Chairperson Omoro District said the districts plans to collect data on children affected by Spina Bafida and hydrocephalus to help in lobbying for a neurological health facility in the region.