Fresh Cholera Outbreak Reported in Hoima

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Fred Kugonza, the Hoima District Disease Surveillance Officer, blames the cholera outbreak on poor hygiene and use of unsafe drinking water.

A fresh cholera outbreak has been reported in Hoima district. Fred Kugonza, the Hoima District Disease Surveillance Officer, says six cases have been confirmed at Fofo landing site on Lake Albert in Buseruka Sub County.

 
Bagonza says the epidemic was confirmed on Friday after one case was reported on the landing site at the beginning of last week. He however, declined to confirm reports that one person had succumbed to the disease.
 

Geoffrey Komakech, the Buseruka LC 5 councilor says one person died at the cholera emergency center on Wednesday. Komakech also puts the number of cholera victims at 32. However, our reporter couldn't independently verify the claims.

 
Fred Kugonza, the Hoima District Disease Surveillance Officer, blames the cholera outbreak on poor hygiene and use of unsafe drinking water. Kugonza also faults the community misusing the improved pit latrines constructed by the Uganda Red cross Society last year.

 
Cholera outbreaks are common in Hoima district. However, no cases were reported in Hoima district in 2013 and 2014. Several cholera cases were reported in Hoima district in October last year. It took the intervention of the Health Ministry and other agencies to contain the disease. 

 

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Thembo Kahungu
Thembo Kahungu is interested in journalism that changes lives. A recent example is when a suspect in state prosecutor Joan Kagezi was held longer than the law states. Kahungu is proud to note that it was his follow up on Geoffrey Kato's unlawful detention that led to the freedom of the boda boda rider.

Previously based in Kasese, Kahungu has been reposted to Hoima town. Kahungu is now the Uganda Radio Network Hoima bureau chief.

Kahungu has been a practicing journalist since 2007. He was a reporter for Radio Messiah and Kasese Guide Radio. He was also the Kasese Daily Monitor freelance writer. He has also been a teacher at Liberty College of Management and Journalism in Kasese district.

Kahungu is deeply interested in investigative journalism. Kahungu has developed a big interest in covering issues to do with Oil, Gas and Mining after attending a fellowship in Ghana in October 2015 under the sponsorship of Natural Resource Governance Institute.