Red Cross Warns of An Eminent Cholera Outbreak In Kisoro.


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They currently occupy the compound of Muhoro primary school and in urgent need of medicine, food and water.

Uganda Red Cross Society-URCS is warning of an eminent cholera outbreak in Kisoro district following the displacement of hundreds of residents by heavy rains. About 400 people have been displaced from their homes by the heavy rains that have been pounding Kisoro district since the beginning of April. The most affected people are from Buyora, Kibumba, Dundu, Gifa, Kabumba, Kabingo and Nyabulo villages. They currently occupy the compound of Muhoro primary school and in urgent need of medicine, food and water.

Tom Ndyanabo, the Kisoro Uganda Red Cross Society branch manager says the sanitary condition at the school is appalling. He says unless something is done to address the situation, the affected families are likely to be hit by cholera due to the poor sanitary conditions. Ndyanabo explains that there are no adequate sanitary facilities to handle the high number of the displaced people. He says some of the residents have already started developing diarrhea. Ndyanabo explains that URCS has so far delivered relief items worth 45 million shillings to Kanaba and Murora sub counties, but says the support is not enough. 

He says they are working with district authorities and the office of the Prime Minister to raise more funds towards helping the disaster victims. Sheillah Uwera, one of those affected by the floods says that they are finding it hard to survive at Muhororo Primary school without enough toilet facilities. She says many of the displaced people use the bushes to answer the call of nature. Dr. Stephen Nsabiyunva, the medical director Kisoro Hospital says the biggest challenge to the displaced families is Malaria. 

He says that at least 35 people have been admitted at Kisoro hospital while over 50 are receiving treatment from where they stay. Dr. Nsabiyunva says that Kisoro Kisoro district is making arrangements to have a medical team dispatched to the area to supplement the efforts of the Uganda Red Cross Society. He says that they will also embark on serious sensitization of the displaced people to avert a possible outbreak of diseases such as cholera which result from poor hygiene practices.