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Over 5,000 People in Northern Uganda suffer from River blindness

River blindness has been noted as a common threat in 26 districts across Uganda with more than 3.9 million people is at risk of acquiring the infection.

In a Joint Action forum (JAF) to monitor the progress made by African countries to combat the disease in a special conference held at Speke Resort Munyonyon it was realized that more than 1.4 million are already in infected and over 5,000 people who are visually impaired live across the different regions in northern Uganda.

In a news report from vision, The disease causes eye lesion which lead to impaired vision and blindness. So far, the disease has been eliminated from 11 districts (Kabarole, Kyenjojo, Kamwenge, Ibanda, Rubirizi, Buhweju, Hoima, Mbale, Bududa, Sironko, Manafwa.  Surveillance is ongoing in the 13 districts awaiting verification by the WHO team.conomic sense,” Froman wrote.

It is expected to review status of Elimination in Africa and share ongoing efforts by the World Health organization (WHO) and stakeholders to set up a new entity (ESPEN) that will take over the responsibilities of APOC.

A total of 23 African health ministers from 23 APOC participating countries are expected to attend the forum. Others expected are APOC donors, International collaborating partners, United Nation Agencies, international researchers, resource persons and Universities.

Source New Vision

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