President visits nodding disease children
President Museveni has visited children affected by nodding disease in Kampala.
Museveni, accompanied by health minister Christine Ondoa and other ministry of health officials, talked to parents of the affected children at the national referral hospital Mulago, the New Vision reported.
The 25 selected children from northern Uganda were transferred to Mulago by Kitgum Woman MP for further tests and treatment on Friday, but the majority of them will return home.
The government has already opened treatment centres in the Kitgum, Lamwo and Pader districts.
More than 3,000 children, mainly boys between the ages of five and 15, have been affected with the mysterious diease, while up to 200 have died from it.
Meanwhile the Daily Monitor reported that medical experts believe the black fly, associated with river blindness, could be the cause of the condition.
Professor James Tumwine, a pediatricts and child health expert at Mulago Hospital, said experts had "absolutely no doubt that river blindness" was linked to nodding disease.