Stroke, cerebral palsy worry Rukiga district Authorities


NEWS- Authorities in Rukiga District are worried about the increasing numbers of patients living with stroke and cerebral palsy disease.

High numbers of children living with cerebral palsy have been registered in Kashambya Sub County, Rukiga District.

According to the Rukiga District Community Development Officer Dorothy Mbaguta Okello, people living with stroke and Cerebral Palsy disease make up a percentage of 15% of the entire population in Rukiga.

Dorothy Mbaguta Okello said the elderly always have weak Immunity which makes them vulnerable to stroke adding that lack of food rich in Vitamin C has also greatly increased stroke among the elderly in the district.

Mbaguta further revealed that there are also increasing cases of Cerebral Palsy among the children within the district attributing the situation to expectant mothers who delay to go for antenatal care and mothers who fall sick to Malaria and delay to seek for treatment.

She’s concerned as well that people trek long distances to access Kashambya Health Centre II and Bucundura, something that might not be favourable for everyone on time.

Cue in….Dorothy on illness RR

Cerebral palsy Patients Jeninah Korinako, Conciliar Tumusiime and Sam Akampurira stressed that they have lived with this disease for the last 11, 26 and 29 years respectively stress that they have become a problem to their relatives and accessing health facilities has become a big problem to them.

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The Rukiga woman MP Hon. Kamusiime Caroline Muhwezi appealed to the public to always ensure balanced diet as well as eating foods rich in vitamin C especially greens.

Francis Mugwanya, the Director of Father’s Heart Mobility Ministry; an NGO based in Kampala attributed high cases of Cerebral Palsy disease among juveniles to mothers who don’t go for medical checkups whenever they’re pregnant.

Currently Kashambya Sub County has over 30 children suffering from Cerebral Palsy.