Uganda: Health action in crisis weekly epidemiological report - Week 32, 4-10 Aug 2008


  1. Completeness of Reporting

All districts in the sub-region had over 80% completeness of Weekly IDSR reporting of which 8 out of 14 districts registering 100% completeness of reporting. Malaria and dysentery still remains the first and second leading cause of morbidity respectively.

2. Disease Trends

2.1 Malaria Diseases

In Lango sub-region, Dokolo district registered a 51% increase in the number of cases of malaria in the last one week. WHO is supporting the District Health Office to verify the data, analyze trend in malaria positivity rate, conduct anti-malarial drug inventory and conduct on job training of clinicians on the management of malaria. In the district of Apac and Oyam, the weekly incidence of malaria remains low.

In Acholi sub region, the weekly incidence of malaria declined slightly in all district except Kitgum. The increase in number of cases in Kitgum can be attributed to the fact that in epiweek 32 Kitgum general hospital submitted the weekly IDSR report. Kitgum General hospital contributes a big proportion to the patient load in the district. Note that the second round of IRS has just been completed in Kitgum district and it is on going in Pader. We expect that in the coming week, the weekly incidence of malaria in the two districts will soon begin to decline.

Karamoja sub-region, the incidence of malaria has been steady over the last 6 weeks.