10 people in Kamwenge have been admitted with cholera, a fortnight after it was believed that the worst of the epidemic there was over.
All the new cases are from Ntara and Mahyoro sub-counties, the two places in which cholera deaths were recorded a month ago. The infected patients are admitted at cholera isolation centers in their sub-counties and the Kamwenge District Health Officer, Dr. Vincent Mubangizi, says they are on the way to recovery.
Dr. Mubangizi says the disease has continued to spread because of the laxity of people to improve their personal hygiene. He says that despite the epidemic, many people have not bothered to build sanitary facilities and to take precautions to ensure infection does not recur.
In Kamwenge Town Council, where a ban on the sale of cooked food and unpackaged drinks was banned, business is booming. The roadside food sales have resumed with little intervention from the authorities and all safeguards against the spread of cholera have been thrown to the wind.
Four people have been killed by cholera since it broke out in Kamwenge district two months ago. 150 more have been successfully treated for the disease.
Recently the African Field Epidemiology Network issued a warning about the impending outbreak of diarrheal diseases in the wake of the El Ni