Cholera Claims 12, 15 Admitted in Mayuge

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Joyce Namboozo, the Mayuge Chief Administrative Officer, says most of the cholera victims are from Malongo and Kityerera sub counties. She blames the high number of cholera victims on the failure by proprietors of private clinics to refer suspected cases to referral hospitals.

Twelve people have died and 15 others are admitted following the cholera epidemic outbreak in Mayuge district. The 15 are admitted at Bwodha cholera isolation center.

 
Joyce Namboozo, the Mayuge Chief Administrative Officer, says most of the cholera victims are from Malongo and Kityerera sub counties. She blames the high number of cholera victims on the failure by proprietors of private clinics to refer suspected cases to referral hospitals. "These people are reluctant at referring cases of cholera to bigger hospitals with hope that they might treat them," she said.

 
According to Namboozo, cholera cases are likely to increase because of the rainy season. Namboozo says law enforcement personnel will soon conduct an operation to close all illegal eating places including hotels and restaurants to contain the spread of the epidemic.
 
 

Doctor Charles Nabangi, the Mayuge District Health Officer, says majority of hotel owners always sell unboiled water to their customers yet it is contaminated with human waste. According to Nabangi, all the water bodies in the district are contaminated, which puts the live of residents at risk of contracting the deadly cholera virus.
 
 
He urges residents to boil their drinking water, wash their hands before eating food besides avoiding buying food items on the roadside. "Most of the cases in the district are as a result of negligence by locals," he said.
 
He said the district disaster committee will convene soon to seek ways on how to contain the virus in case the number of patients shoots up. "We need to be prepared for anything that might occur," he said.

 

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