KAMPALA (Reuters) – Wednesday, Uganda said that the incidence of malaria had risen by 40%, adding to the increase of a range of factors including refugee influx, climate change and a reduction in the use of protected nets.
The development could fear fear of public health with Ebola strike already stoned on them and spilled briefly from the Democratic Republic of Congo, where it killed more than 1,800 people.
The health ministry said in a statement that its malaria case data recorded in June this year showed 40% to 1.4 million from the same month last year.
According to data from the statistics office, malaria is the main cause of Uganda death among inpatients under five years of age.
The ministry said “climate change has contributed to the partial spread of fuel in various parts of the country”.
An influx of refugees from the Congo and Sudan in recent years, with population growth and a general reduction in the use of mosquito nets, has been cited as part of the increased prevalence.
Uganda hosts approximately 1.4 million refugees, most of whom have recently fled fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan.
Malaria, which spreads when mosquitoes were broken by women, kills nearly half a million people each year, and 90% of these deaths occur in Africa, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
While the WHO declared 38 malaria-free since 1955, its campaign has stopped as mosquitoes are resistant to drugs and insecticides. Global warming is also enabling the parasite of malaria to live in new areas.
In June, two people, part of a family traveling from the Congo, died in Ebola in Uganda, fearing that the lethal fever would be spread outside the Congo.
There have been no other cases since, although officers remain vigilant when carrying out higher border checks and public education programs.
Reporting by Elias Biryabarema; Edited by George Obulutsa and James Drummond
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