Cholera Claims 1, 52 Admitted in Kibuku

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On Sunday, Kibuku district closed more than 400 food kiosks, make shift restaurants and banned roadside food vending to curb the spread of cholera. Bumba said majority of the restaurant owners have failed to observe proper hygiene, which is likely to fuel the spread of the disease.

One person has died and 52 others are admitted at Kadama Health Center III in Kibuku district following a reported outbreak of cholera. The dead has been identified as 52- year- old Mary Nasikwe, a resident of Nandere village in Kadama Sub County.
 
 
She died on Sunday following her admission at Kadama Health Center III on Friday. Nasikwe is believed to have contracted the disease after attending the burial of one of their relatives in Kachonga village, Kachonga Sub County in the neighboring Butaleja district recently.
 
 
Doctor Ahmed Bumba, the Kibuku District Health Officer, says samples of the 52 victims tested positive for cholera.  He says majority of the cholera cases are from the sub counties of Kadama, Tirinyi and Kaderuna, which border Mologoma River that is shared between Butaleja and Kibuku districts.

 
"We have realised that people who are drawing water for consumption from the river Mpologoma are most affected by the disease," he said. River Mpologoma is a tributary of river Manafa, which snakes through Butaleja district from Mbale. According to Bumba, the number of patients is likely to continue rising especially during the rainy season. 

On Sunday, Kibuku district closed more than 400 food kiosks, make shift restaurants and banned roadside food vending to curb the spread of cholera. Bumba said majority of the restaurant owners have failed to observe proper hygiene, which is likely to fuel the spread of the disease. "These places will only be reopened after the disease has been contained," he said. 

However, some of the owners of the food kiosks and restaurants have urged the authorities revisit their decision to close their businesses. Jamada Kirya, the proprietor of Highway Restaurant in Tirinyi trading center, says he has always observed proper hygiene at his work place since he opened his business two years ago. 

"I was shocked to see that is I was also among the people being closed down," he said. Annette Wekesa also owns a restaurant at Kadama trading center. According to Wekesa, she opened her business after securing a loan from pride micro finance institution and currently doesn't know how she will be able to service it.

"I am the father and mother at home and this is where I have been getting some money to make ends meet," she said.

 

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