cheap http://communique-de-presse-gratuit.com/wp-content/plugins/contrat/fonctions.php geneva; font-size: small;”>The Ministry of Health further intimates that the outbreak is reported in Obongi county, nurse http://cfmasv.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/holiday-snow.php particularly in Gimara and Aliba sub-counties; and West Moyo county in Lefori sub-county.
“This April 30th confirmation was based on results obtained from the Central Public Health Laboratories (CPHL) where samples collected from patients tested positive for cholera. The blood samples tested at the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) were negative for Ebola and other related viruses as was earlier suspected.”
The disease outbreak was first reported on April 26, 2014 after a number of patients reported at Obongi Health Centre IV with signs of fever, abdominal pain, diarrhoea and vomiting resulting in loss of body fluids (dehydration).
“The patients were put on treatment and investigation of the cause of the disease began. Samples were taken from them and sent to the national reference laboratories for testing.”
Since the onset of the outbreak, 102 people have been affected while four deaths have been reported in the affected areas, according to a statement released by Dr. Anthony K. Mbonye Commissioner – Community Health (CHS-CH).
The report also indicates that 49 patients are still admitted at Obongi Health Centre IV while 53 patients have been discharged.
Cholera, according to researchers, is caused by bacteria (Vibrio cholerae) and it enters a person through drinking water or eating food contaminated with human faeces.
Its transmission is usually due to poor sanitation (not using latrines), poor hygiene practices (not washing hands after defecation and before eating) and drinking unboiled water.
“The Ministry of Health would like to assure the public that everything possible is being done to ensure that the disease is contained.”
Meanwhile, the National Task Force composed of Ministry of Health officers and other health development partners, is coordinating a comprehensive response to control the outbreak.
A team of experts from the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO) is already on the ground to support the district to control the epidemic.
The National Medical Stores (NMS) has already delivered the necessary medicines and supplies to Moyo district.
The Ministry of Health, World Health Organisation (WHO) and district personnel are actively searching for new patients, collecting samples and transporting them to the national referral laboratories.
“The Ministry of Health has developed a costed response plan and is mobilising resources.”
At the district level, community mobilisation to raise awareness and identify patients is currently going on. This is spearheaded by the Village Health Teams (VHTs) and the Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS), according to the ministry.
The Ministry of Health has appealed to the public to; eat hot food, not eat food sold on the street, drink boiled water from clean containers, collect and keep water in clean containers, wash hands including those of children before eating or after using the latrine and not handle patients with bare hands.
Furthermore, the public has been advised to; disinfect patients’ clothes before washing them, immediately seek or advise patients who present with diarrhoea, abdominal pain and vomiting to seek medical care, report all sickness and deaths to health authorities and not handle the dead people with bare hands; and bury immediately (preferably using a district burial team).
“The Ministry, therefore, reassures the public to remain calm as all measures have been put in place to ensure that the disease does not spill to other parts of the country.”