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11 dead as Cholera hits Mbale, Kampala, Wakiso


Cholera outbreak reported in three districts

At least 11 people are reported dead in an outbreak of cholera that has hit Mbale, Kampala and Wakiso districts.

The acting Mbale district medical officer, Dr Jonathan Wangisi, told Uganda Radio Network that they registered 12 suspected cases in Namanyonyi Sub County and Industrial division in Namatala on Tuesday.

The district has set up two cholera treatment centers; at Namayonyi Health Centre III and Namatala Health Centre IV which are located in the affected areas to handle emergency cases.

Dr Benon Wanume, the director Mbale hospital, told URN the cholera victims are from slum areas of Mbale town including: Namatala, Kiteso, Malukhu and Namanyoyi, which always exhibit poor hygiene and sanitation.

Wanume said ten people are undergoing treatment at the two isolation centers.

Pamela Watuwa, the deputy RDC, Mbale ays they have set up a task force to sensitise residents on hygiene and sanitation.


Meanwhile, Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has recorded four deaths and more than 140 suspected cholera cases since October.

Dr. David Seruka, the Public Health Director, says the first cholera cases were recorded in Kanyogoga and Kakajjo while the other cholera cases are from Kyebando, Kalerwe, Kawempe and Namuwongo, all suburbs of Kampala City.

Most of the suspected cholera cases are currently being treated at the isolation center in Mulago National Referral Hospital.


In Wakiso district, seven people have been confirmed dead and twenty others hospitalised.

Dr. Robert Kagwire, the district acting health officer, told New Vision the epidemic struck parts of Kitufu and Zinga Islands in Bussi Sub county, Masulita town and Nabweru in Nansana Municipality.

He said the dead included a one -year-old boy and his mother Solome Kagabane, 33.

Kagwire said they died two weeks ago and that the first person to die was in Masulita Sub-county and others were on the Islands.

He blamed the outbreak on poor sanitation and lack of toilet facilities in the district.

67 people also reported to different health centres in the areas with signs and symptoms associated with cholera.

Cholera is an acute, diarrhea illness caused by a bacterial infection of the intestine.

It is spread through drinking water or eating food contaminated with the cholera bacteria.

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