By; Ben Musanje
Ministry of Health has clarified that no new cases of Nodding Syndrome have been registered since the deaths of 137 lives in Northern Uganda in 2012.
Addressing the media at the Ministry headquarters in Kampala, the Health Minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng says there have been no deaths in the district of Oyam, Lira and Gulu though registered in Amuru, Lamwo, Kitgum, Omoro and Pader which has the highest number.
Nodding Syndrome is a severe neurological disorder that manifest as seizures, head nodding, cognitive impairment, multiple disabilities and affects children.
The Minister explains that the reported nodding syndrome among children in Northern Uganda is epilepsy and they have done all interventions that include activating three treatment centers in Kitgum, Lamwo and Pader as well as increasing health facilities in 7 districts.
Aceng further clarifies on the differences of Nodding Syndrome and Epilepsy that seem to be confusing people, saying Epilepsy affects all ages with patients not nodding their heads.