Researchers raise alarm over the high rates of bilharzia in Uganda.
Researchers at Makerere University School of Public Health raise alarm over the high rates of bilharzia – a waterborne parasite that attacks the liver, lungs and eyes of humans – among children living around the vital regional water resource of Lake Victoria.
Scientifically known as schistosomiasis, bilharzia is contracted when blood flukes enter the body by way of contact with infested surface water, mainly among people engaged in agriculture and fishing.
Professor Fredrick Edward Makumbi, an associate professor in the department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Makerere School of Public Health says despite efforts to control it, an estimated 22 out of 100 people are infected with Bilharzia according to a recent national health survey done by the school.
This on the sidelines of a press conference ahead of the celebrations to mark 25 years of the Master of Public Health program slated for 16th October 2019 at Golf Course Hotel.
Makumbi adds that the school is going to intensify research and international collaboration in reproductive health.