The Ministry of Health has Wednesday launched the revised operational guidelines for the prevention and control of cholera and other diarrheal diseases.
The guidelines seek to prevent new cases of cholera through promotion of intensive public health education, information pills sanitation, viagra buy hygiene, food safety and ensuring safe water complemented by Oral Cholera Vaccination for Vulnerable groups.
According to Prof. Anthony K Mbonye the Director General Health Services, the guidelines will also help in reducing deaths from cholera through early detection, reporting, case management and increase access to health care.
Prof. Mbonye says the guidelines offer a framework for the development of a comprehensive multi –sectoral preventive and response strategy for prevention and control of cholera in Uganda, cross-border collaborations communication, coordination before, during and after the outbreak.
“We have revised these strategies to consolidate and harness new approaches, which include selective administration of recommended antibiotics to immediate contacts of cholera patients, rapid diagnosis tests, Zinc for treatment of cholera in children and complementary use of oral cholera vaccines”.
“Cholera remains a major public health threat in communities with inadequate sanitation, safe water and affects both children and adults. About 20percent of those are infected develop acute, water diarrhea”
This effort is in line with health sector development plan 2015/2016 -2019/2020 that purposes to accelerate movement towards Universal health coverage with essential health and related services needed for promotion of a healthy and productive population.