At least ten new cases of cholera have been reported in Koboko and Maracha districts. 17 people are confirmed to have died of cholera and over 1000 others infected following the outbreak of the disease almost three months ago.
At least ten new cases of cholera have been reported in Koboko and Maracha districts.
The latest victims are mainly fish mongers who went to Panyimur in Nebbi district where the first cases of the disease were reported in March this year.
In Maracha, the acting district health officer Ronald Ocatre, said seven cases have been reported in the district of which six are fish mongers and one a child.
Ocatre says the fish mongers told health workers that they jointly ate from a certain restaurant in Panyimur landing site in Nebbi district from where they suspect to have acquired the disease.
Dr. Alfred Driwale, Koboko district health officer, says three cases of cholera have been reported in the district since Sunday and the patients are being managed at Koboko health centre IV and Dranya health centre.
He says the first two women are fish mongers who normally bring their fish from Panyimur landing site to be sold in Koboko town, while the other person is a family member from the same home.
17 people are confirmed to have died of cholera and over 1000 others infected following the outbreak of the disease almost three months ago.
Driwale says he has already notified the Ministry of Health about the outbreak as he tries to collaborate with Medicine Sons Fronteras on possibilities of managing the victims in one camp in case they continue receiving more cases.
Driwale noted that in the meantime fish mongers in Koboko district are being equipped with first aid items to respond to the disease while on transit.
Ocatre meanwhile says they plan to carry out surveillance and community education on the disease, adding that the public should report every diarrheal case to be managed by trained health officials.
Cholera is a highly contagious disease characterized by diarrhea, vomiting and confused mental state and muscle cramps if not attended to in time.
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