Fresh Cholera Outbreak Claims One, 94 Hospitalised

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Geoffrey Komakech, the Buseruka LC5 Councilor says communities along the Lake Albert shores continue drinking unsafe water and defecate in the open due to lack of latrine facilities. He says the fragile soils in the area make it difficult for residents to sink pit latrines.

A fresh cholera outbreak on the shores of Lake Albert in Hoima district has claimed the life of one person and left 94 others hospitalised. Fred Kugonza, the Hoima District Disease Surveillance Focal Person, says the outbreak has been reported in Kijangi, Kabaale and Rwengabi in Buseruka Sub County. He says the deceased cholera victim died on Wednesday at Rwengabi. Kugonza has declined to name the deceased, only saying he died before being taken for treatment.



According to Kugonza, they have established treatment centers at Ngemwa, Rwengabi and Kijangi to handle the patients. According to Kugonza, most of the patients received treatment and were discharged, adding that only three patients are at Ngemwa treatment center. The district has scaled up community health sensitization campaigns in the affected areas. It is not yet clear where the latest outbreak originated from, but local leaders blame it on the poor sanitary conditions in the area.

 
Geoffrey Komakech, the Buseruka LC5 Councilor says communities along the Lake Albert shores continue drinking unsafe water and defecate in the open due to lack of latrine facilities. He says the fragile soils in the area make it difficult for residents to sink pit latrines. Komakech calls on government to start up a special plan to provide safe water and build toilet facilities in the area to address the repeated outbreaks.
 
 
Last year, Hoima district unveiled plans to build a water purification plant in the area to serve the communities. However the plan is yet to be implemented. The area was just healing from another outbreak in March this year which claimed four people and left 20 others admitted in Kyangwali Sub County.

 

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