One Person Dead As Cholera Strikes Namayingo District

Cholera patients being treated in one of the health centers (FILE PHOTO)
Cholera patients being treated in one of the health centers (FILE PHOTO)

One person has died and 20 others are bed ridden after a cholera outbreak occurred in Namayingo district.

The deceased has been identified as Ivan Okware (18).

The sick have been admitted in Durban Hospital in Busia district and Buyinja hospital in Namayingo district.

Patrick Magoola, Namayingo district health officer, attributes the Cholera outbreak to poor hygiene and sanitation. He says most of the landing sites on the lake shores of Lake Victoria in Namayingo district have a poor latrine coverage and people have resorted to defecating in polythene bags and throwing them into the lake where they later draw water for domestic use.

He says the most affected sub county is Mutumba where 11 cases have so far been admitted.

Mpimbaza Hashaka, Namayingo Resident District Commissioner, says a surveillance committee has been set up to  monitor and prevent the spread of Cholera to other parts of the district.

He urges those who fall sick to seek treatment in Ugandan health centres instead of trying to cross into Kenya. Mpimbaza says the health centres have been equipped with drugs and qualified health personnel who can attend to patients at all times.

Cholera is an infection caused by the bacteria and affects the intestines.

The main symptoms are watery diarrhoea and vomiting This may result in dehydration and in severe cases grayish-bluish skin. Transmission occurs primarily by drinking water or eating food that has been contaminated by the faeces of an infected person, including one with no apparent symptoms.

Surveillance and prompt reporting allows for containing cholera epidemics rapidly. Cholera exists as a seasonal disease in many endemic parts of Uganda, occurring annually mostly during rainy season.

Adapted From URN

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