Arua Municipality on Cholera Red Alert

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The disease is believed to have started in Panyimur Sub County where the first cases were identified among Congolese fish mongers. Reports from Nebbi district indicate that so far five people have died and about 20 more are receiving treatment in Nebbi general hospital.

Arua Municipal Health department has issued a red alert in the River Oli and Arua Hill Division following the outbreak of Cholera in the neighboring district of Nebbi.

The disease is believed to have started in Panyimur Sub County where the first cases were identified among Congolese fish mongers. Reports from Nebbi district indicate that so far five people have died and about 20 more are receiving treatment in Nebbi general hospital.

Fuathum Norah, the principal health inspector of Arua Municipal Council says traders and fishmongers who trade in Panyimur are being monitored and sensitized to avoid the possibility of carrying the disease from its source.

"We are telling them to cook their own food and move with it and avoid eating all types of food from Panyimur. Once they observe this guideline, keep their food covered and wash their hands thoroughly with clean water and soap, this cholera won't reach Arua,' she said.

Dr Paul Onzubo, the principal medical officer of Arua Municipality says the health department has already dispatched environmental health officers to the two divisions to assess and report on the most at risk areas in the event of an outbreak.
 
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Dr Bernard Odu, the director of Arua Regional Referral Hospital has placed the hospital staff on alert and instructed that emergency medical supplies be saved in the eventuality of an outbreak.
 
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Arua municipality last experienced an outbreak of cholera in 2015 and it was contained within one family and no fatalities were registered. The wave of double annual outbreaks of cholera in the municipality was last registered in 2008

Cholera is a disease that arises as a result of poor handling of food and it occurs when food gets infected with fecal matter.

 

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Annet Lekuru
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