Uganda grapples with renewed Cholera outbreak

Uganda grapples with renewed Cholera outbreak. Photo: SABC News

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADV) A cholera outbreak is rocking Uganda following the confirmation of 10 cases on 10 January, sources confirmed on Saturday.

Uganda health ministry officials said an isolation centre has been opened at a hospital in the suburbs of Lubaga and Madindye east of the capital Kampala where the epidemic erupted.

No deaths have been recorded to date, but health ministry officials are making frantic efforts to contain the propagation beyond the present area.

Hence, the government is undertaking a public awareness campaign to ensure proper waste disposal and warning people to refrain from buying and eating food in the streets.

A statement from the ministry stated that the outbreak was especially affecting people in the two suburbs.

Like in many African countries, outbreaks of the disease are common during the rainy season caused by poor sanitation, toilet and drainage facilities.

Reports say Uganda registered two cholera outbreaks in 2018 with the one in the mid-western district of Hoima killing 44 people and infected 2119 others according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

In May of the same year, reports recounted that a second outbreak was reported in Kampala by the Red Cross and confirmed by the Ministry of Health.

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