Two Hospitalised As Cholera Resurges In Arua

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Two people are admitted at Oli health centre in Arua where they were rushed to by their relatives after showing signs of cholera. Doctors at the health centres conducted tests on the two patients, a woman and a child, and it was discovered that they were all suffering from cholera.

Two people are admitted at Oli health centre in Arua where they were rushed to by their relatives after showing signs of cholera.

Doctors at the health centres conducted tests on the two patients, a woman and a child, and it was discovered that they were all suffering from cholera.

Cholera, a highly contagious disease, is characterized by passing of watery stool, vomiting, and high fever and if not treated immediately it can lead to death within 24 hours.

Dr. Paul Onzubo, the Arua Municipal health officer says the two currently admitted bring to seven the number of cholera cases they have received since March this year. He says so far three people have died.

Dr. Onzubo says municipal health authorities held an emergency meeting on Thursday where it was resolved that the municipality should launch a sensitization campaign on radios to ask communities to improve their sanitary facilities.

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Solomon Toko, the councilor representing Pangisha Ward in Arua Municipality, says where the disease was reported, most homes have poor sanitary facilities. He says when the disease broke out in March they forced some households to build sanitary facilities but many of the locals refused.

In March cholera killed at least three people in Omugo and Ayivu and left 20 others admitted in the various health facilities.

 

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Ronald Batre
Ronald Batre is so passionate about journalism that he did not wait to finish school before he started his career. This is how he started with Radio Paidha, The West Niler, Daily Monitor newspapers and later with Radio Pacis as Assistant News Editor.

To be allowed to practice his passion, Batre had struck a deal with his parents. He would complete his education. He kept his word and went through school while suporting himself with his journalism.

Entering the workplace so young attuned Batre to the plight of the youth and those who seek employment. Apart from that, he is interested in reporting about politics, local government, business and the environment. A witness to some of the destructive impact of the Lord's Resistance Army rebellion in northern Uganda, Batre is interested in reporting about peace building efforts too.

Uganda Radio Network's former Gulu bureau chief, Batre is now based in Kampala. He is URN's main politics correspondent. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.