Bugobero Health Center IV in Manafwa district has received more than 120 children affected by the black water fever since June this year.
The health Center in Charge, Dr. Emma Gahima, says between 3 to 5 children are admitted in the emergency ward on average each day.
Most of the patients are from Bugobero, Butiru, Sisuni, Khabutoola, Busukuya sub counties in Manafwa and parts of Namisindwa District.
Dr. Gahima calls for vigilance of parents whenever they see any signs relating to the disease and rush their children to designated health facilities.
According to Dr. Gahima, they are finding a challenge to deal with the disease due to lack of blood, which is essential for treating black water fever patients.
“The health center has no refrigerator to preserve blood. We are forced to forward the patients to Mbale regional referral Hospital for blood since they lose a lot of blood during urination,” Dr. Gahima said.
Black water fever is a complicated malaria infection where red blood cells burst into the bloodstream releasing hemoglobin directly into the blood vessels and urine. The fever mainly affects children between 3 and 12 years of age.
Gideon Lubaale, a Nursing Officer in the emergency unit Bugobero Health Center IV, says they have registered more than 20 deaths in the last three months.
She however, notes that many cases go unregistered as some children die along the way as they are being rushed to Mbale Regional Referral Hospital for blood transfusion and parents don’t report back to the Health Center.
Godfrey Masombo, a resident of Bubutu Village in Bugobero Sub County recounts how he almost lost his son on Sunday.
According to Masombo, his son started urinating blood and was rushed to a nearby clinic. He says the clinic referred him to Bugobelo Health center after failing to handle his condition.
Jackline Masibo also recalls how her son returned from school complaining how he was urinating blood and had severe fever.
Dr. Gideon Wamasebu, the Manafwa District Health Officer, says a team of experts from the Health Ministry visited the area and is working to overcome the situation.