Cholera: 11 Dead, 550 New Cases Reported in Nebbi

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At least 11 people have been confirmed dead and 550 others infected following an out break of cholera in Nebbi district two weeks ago.

At least 11 people have been confirmed dead and 550 others infected following an out break of cholera in Nebbi district two weeks ago.

The rising cases of deaths and infections have been attributed to the persistent poor hygiene in the areas affected by the disease.

The most affected areas include Panyimur and Dei at the Uganda-DR Congo border commonly known for fishing.

Despite increased sensitization about improving sanitation by the ministry of health workers and other health organizations the affected communities have been slow in adapting to the messages.

Kits Obima, Nebbi district health inspector says the communities still drink un-boiled water, defecate in the lake because families are still reluctant to construct pit-latrines and there is poor waste disposal in the congested markets.

According to Obima, the new infections pose a great challenge as the district lacks money and human resources to effectively handle the problem in the already established treatment centers.

He says the village health teams who are moving door to door have been faced with stiff resistance from some family heads who openly reject the idea of constructing pit-latrines to prevent further spread of the disease in the communities.

However, the Panyimur sub county chairman, Shaban Ofoi, says fighting cholera has become a challenge because the communities believe that the disease is spiritual and it is not contagious.

He says they are now planning to close Panyimur and Dei markets that attract huge number of traders from both Uganda and DR Congo.