Crisis averted in Ugandan ministry

By April 7, 2009

Uganda (MNN) — In January, a meningitis outbreak struck Uganda. As people crossed borders seeking refuge from revolts in Sudan and Congo, disease followed them to Uganda. The outbreak is finally under control, and four Compassion International Child Development Centers have reopened and resumed regular activities; none of the Compassion-assisted children contracted the disease.

According to the World Health Organization, 43 meningitis cases have been reported since January. Five victims died, and four cases are still on treatment. At the end of the month, Compassion centers were temporarily closed to prevent further contamination. District officials recently met and decided to educate the masses about the disease to prevent further spread.

"Although many of the cases were identified by symptoms," said Dr. Yayi with the ministry, "six of the victims were tested and confirmed to have the Neisseria germ which causes meningitis type A."

There are various types of meningitis, but only Type A has a vaccine. If treated early, there are high chances of survival. Meningitis is inflammation of the lining surrounding the brain and spinal cord, and can occur at any age. The disease is more likely to affect people between the ages of two and 30 years.

Pray for the continued health of the Compassion-assisted children and their families.
Please also keep Compassion staff in your prayers, as they act as the hands and feet of Christ in these areas.

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