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.
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.