Cases of cholera in Hoima are continuing to rise and by Tuesday the cases had shot up to 118 cases.
Two people have so far died, 20 discharged and about 70 are still admitted at the isolation ward in Kaiso.
Fredrick Byenume, the Hoima district Health Inspector says the health ministry has delivered medical facilities that include drugs, IP fluids used to re-hydrate the patients, JIK among other items were delivered to the district on Tuesday.
Byenume says although no other fatalities had been recorded ever since the death of a UPDF soldier about two weeks ago, cholera was spreading at an alrming rate, attracting the ministry’s attention.
Hoima district registered a fresh cholera outbreak at the Lake shore areas of Kaiso and Kyehoro in Buseruka and Kabwoya sub counties.
The disease is believed to have spread from Nebbi after the UPDF soldier who was the first victims travelled from Nebbi to Kaiso where he died shortly on arrival.
The district has created has established an isolation center at Kaiso where the victims are being treated. But Byenume says due to the overwhelming number the isolation center was almost running out of the essential IP fluids.
The district health department has meanwhile scaled up its health education campaigns at the lake shore as part of the intervention measures.
Solomon Kwebiiha, the district health educator is spearheading the health education trail in the area.
Kwebiiha says the community is being sensitized on hand washing, ensuring proper hygiene and sanitation and a need for latrines among other sanitation practices.
Hoima district health statistics show that about 70% of the Lake Albert shore area communities lack latrine facilities.
The area is always prone to cholera during such rainy seasons due to poor sanitation standards there.
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