Ministry of Health has confirmed an active cholera outbreak in Uganda, with 12 Ccases in five districts of Kyegegwa, Bududa, Kisoro, Isingiro and Busia.
This brings the total number to 241 recorded cholera cases and two deaths in the last three months since June 2019.
The most affected districts include Isingiro with over 118 cases and 1 death; Bududa recorded 66 cases with 1 death, Kyegegwa with 25 cases and Kisoro with 20 suspected cases.
According to a statement from Ministry of Health released Friday 6th September, with an exception of Busia and Bududa districts, the other Cholera cases are in refugee camps like Nakivale in Isingiro, Kyaka 11 in Kyegegwa and Omusinga in Kisoro
“This week, 3rd of September, 12 new cases were investigated and Cholera confirmed among patients who had reported at Nabulola health centre IV and Dubani mission hospital in Busia district,” the ministry announced
Most of the cases are mainly due to use of contaminated water, poor sanitation characterized by open defecation and poor personal and domestic hygiene
According to the Ministry, the public should do the following;
- Boil all drinking water or add chorine (Waterguard or aquitabs)
- Open the water drainage channels among homes to drain stagnant water
- Wash hands with soap and clean water after using latrine and before eating food
- Cook food thoroughly and eat it while it is hot. Also wash fruits and vegetables, if possible peel them before eating them
- Avoid eating cold foods or fluids packed in plastic bags or bottles
- Collect water from NWSC tabs, avoid collecting water from springs and wells because it might contained with germs
- Lastly, seek early treatment from a nearby hospital of health center upon detection of Cholera symptoms
The health ministry in partnership with local governments and development partners has already put in place measures to control the outbreaks including; promotion of safe water and proper use of latrines among affected communities, investigating the causes of the Cholera outbreaks, establishing Cholera treatment centers in each affected district for easy case management, extending extra medicines to supply the already available ones in health centers among others