Tsetse Flies Invade Villages in Pakwach

Residents of Wadelai and Ragem in Pakwach district are besieged by Nuisance flies (Tsetse Flies) along River Ora and the Wadelai irrigation Dam area.

According to the residents, the Nuisance flies have infested the area for a month now and are biting people and animals, endangering their lives.

Martha Openytho, a resident of Wadelai sub county has appealed for intervention from relevant authorities. 

Davidson Oramba, the Wadelai sub county chairperson says he has alerted the district health office for action. He says the area has been invaded by rare type of tsetse flies which are biting human and animals.

Pakwach District Chairman Omitu Steven in response said that they have dispatched a team composing Principal Entomologist, Vector Control Officer and head of Environmental Health Officer to start trapping the flies, and it will capture the nuisance flies reducing their numbers, and pave way for further studies and research.

Meanwhile the Pakwach district health officer, Dr. Paul Ajal confirmed that the district team reached the communities on Monday 30th after receiving the information about invasion by rear species of flies in Wadelai sub-county.

He added they the team who went at the area assured them about the existence of this dangerous typa of flies.

Tsetse fly (Glossina species), which is found only in sub-Saharan Africa transmits African Trypanosomiasis, also known as “sleeping sickness”, through microscopic parasites of the species Trypanosoma brucei.

According The Lancet global health publication of 2017, Uganda is on the verge of eliminating the Trypanosoma brucei gambiense (Tb gambiense) form of human African trypanosomiasis (HAT).The report further indicated that in 2015, only four cases of the neglected tropical disease were diagnosed in the entire country and that strong control measures, intensified in 2016 by Uganda’s Ministry of Health and its international partners over the past 8 years, are working.

In the first 10 months of 2016, only four cases were reported, the report says.                        

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