Government has confirmed an outbreak of the infectious cholera in the country including Makindye division in Kampala.
According to Dr Henry Mwebesa, the acting director general health services in the Ministry of Health, a total of 7 cases have been confirmed and are currently undergoing treatment at China-Uganda Friendship Hospital (CUFH), Naguru.
Three of these cases are from one family residing in Mpigi District while the other four are from two families residing in Kalerwe in Kampala City.
The signs and symptoms of cholera include pain in abdomen, severe diarrhea, vomiting, and dehydration among others. The disease can kill a patient within one day if not rehydrated.
In order to avert further spread of the disease, two isolation wards have been set up at; Mulago National Referral Hospital and China-Uganda Friendship Hospital- CUFH-Naguru.
Cholera is a serious acute infectious disease characterized by watery diarrhea and vomiting and kills a person within hours. It is spread through eating and drinking food contaminated with feaces of an infected person.
Other factors responsible for the spread of Cholera include; poor personal hygiene such as not washing hands after using the latrine, using contaminated water, poor sanitation as occurs in open defecation, eating foods or drinks prepared under unhygienic conditions.
To further arrest transmission of Cholera, Ministry of Health and partners continue to undertake the following interventions:
Intensified case management and surveillance of Cholera cases • Active social mobilization and sensitization of communities on Cholera and its prevention and control measures
The Ministry of Health appeals to the general public to; BOIL all drinking water or add Chlorine “water guard or aquatab”
Open the water drainage channels around your homes and drain stagnant water . Wash your hands with soap and clean water after using the toilet and before eating food
Cook food thoroughly and eat it while still hot. Always wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly with clean water before eating them, and where possible peel before eating.
Avoid eating cold food or drinking fluids packed in used plastic bottles or ‘buveera’. Collect water for household use from National Water and Sewage Cooperation (NWSC) taps and avoid water from wells or springs because they may be contaminated by disease causing organisms. And lastly Seek early treatment from the nearest Health Facility upon onset of symptoms
Meanwhile, three people died in Tororo over the weekend while another two (all Kenyans) also died last week and more than 40 others are currently infected in Amudat district. Amudat district has only 17.5 per cent pit latrine coverage with safe water coverage of only 47 per cent. The district was last hit by cholera in 2010.