Cholera Breaks Out in Ntoroko District, 84 Hospitalized

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The patients are admitted at Karugutu health centre IV and Rwebisengo health centre III.

Eighty four people in Ntoroko district are hospitalized following an outbreak of cholera. The patients are admitted at Karugutu health centre IV and Rwebisengo health centre III. Last week, the disease was reported among fishermen at Ntoroko landing site in Kanara Sub County, where the latrine coverage is low.

The sub county has a population of more than 40,000, resulting from fishing, which is the major economic activity. More than fifty residents share one toilet. Some of the residents, majority of who are fishermen have built semi-permanent structures without latrines. The lack of latrines, forces the residents to dump human waste on the shores of Lake Albert or in the water, which is consumed by the residents.

Dr. Simon Peter Kaddu, the district health officer Ntoroko says that last week five fishermen from Ntoroko landing site, developed symptoms similar to those of cholera and when their samples were taken they tested positive and are admitted at the isolation ward at Karugutu health centre IV.

According to Kaddu, the cholera surveillance team is tracing for other people, who were in the company of the five fishermen, to avoid spreading the disease to other parts of the district.

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He however said that no deaths have been reported since the outbreak of the disease. Dr. Kaddu says that a surveillance team has been set up at the landing site to avoid fishermen affected from the disease to move to other parts of the district. He however says that the treatment of the disease is being hampered by the lack of enough medical personnel.

He says that in some of the health facilities where the patients have been admitted, there is only one or two nurses. Henry Magezi, a resident of Karugutu trading centre blames the district and the sub county authorities for doing nothing to stop the outbreak of cholera. According to Magezi, this is the third time the disease has broken out in Kanara Sub County.

He says that some residents are igonrant of the disease and the district has not sensitized communities how it is spread and dangers.

Magezi wants the district to enact a bylaw, compelling households to have latrines.

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About the author

Emmanuel Kajubu
Emmanuel Kajubu is the Kabarole URN bureau chief. Kamwenge, Kyenjojo, Bundibugyo and Ntoroko districts fall under his docket. Kajubu has been a URN staff member since 2008.

A Journalism graduate, Kajubu started out as a freelancer for The New Vision newspaper in 2004 based in Fort Portal, Kabarole.

Kajubu is interested in public policy, politics, health, crime and the environment. He is a trainer with Farm Radio International (FRI) and chairperson of the Tooro Median Practitioners Association (TOMPA).