Cholera Kills Six In Kampala, 21 Admitted

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Six people have died of cholera while 21 others are being treated at the isolation ward set up at Mulago National Referral Hospital.

Six people have died of cholera while 21 others are being treated at the isolation ward set up at Mulago National Referral Hospital.
 
The disease caused by poor sanitation and hygiene, has spread to five other districts across the country, with over 50 cases diagnosed since the first outbreak reported in October.
 
Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary Dr. Asuman Lukwago says in an interview with URN that the isolation center has so far recorded six deaths since its establishment last month. The cases are from Kampala slums of Katanga, Kyebando while others were referrals from other districts.

Lukwago says more cases have been reported in the districts of Hoima, Kasese, Busia and Wakiso.

The ministry is however yet to compile figures of deaths and suspected cases country wide, as it is still investigating some of the alleged cases in the districts.

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Dr. Lukwago warns people living in slums to move out of the slums as cholera is likely to break out in these areas because of flooding caused by ongoing El-nino rains.

Cholera is an infectious disease that causes severe watery diarrhea which can lead to dehydration and even death if untreated.

 

About the author

Beatrice Nyangoma
Beatrice Nyangoma values her independence as a journalist. This was one of her major considerations before she became a URN staffer in 2015.

Nyangoma says, "I like URN because it gives me room to decide what stories I want to work on. That is so important to me."

The URN Jinja bureau chief since July 2016, Nyangoma considers health matters a beat close to her heart. One of the highlights of her career so far were her exclusive interviews unveiling the rot in Mulago hospital in early 2016.

Nyangoma started out writing for the Red Pepper newspaper in 2011 in her final year of university. She was majorly a health reporter. In 2012, Nyangoma moved to Top Television as a health, business reporter and weekend news editor. She was also the assistant editorial manager of Kabarole Research and Resource Centre FM (KRC FM).