By Ahura Mujuni Mark
A Ugandan health official has announced that Northern Uganda will not be declared a disaster area because it has not yet failed to contain the Nodding Disease Syndrome in the region .
FDC Kitgum Woman MP Beatrice Anywar together with a section of Northern Uganda MPs have continued to pressure government to declare Uganda a disaster area because of its failure to eliminate the nodding disease that has affected over 3,500 children.
“I talked to representatives of the European Union, the French ambassador to Uganda and officials of the German embassy to give aid and relief to the region but their major stand is that the area has not been declared a disaster area, meaning the government can handle the situation,” the MP Anywar was quoted saying
Uganda’s State minister of health, Richard Nduhura while appearing before the subcommittee set up by the speaker to study the situation in Northern Uganda said that government cannot declare the place a disaster area because it has established several interventions to eliminate the disease.
He noted that the leaders pressuring government to declare Northern Uganda a disaster area have their own political and economic interests which government will not accept.
“We shall not bow down to the pressure of of some of our leaders to do something that is not right for the country.”The Minister Said