Fresh Cholera Outbreaks Claims Two in Mbale, 39 Admitted

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According to Madaya, the cholera cases are from Namatala ward, Bukasakya, Bungokho, Namayonyi, Bukiende and Bungokho-Mutoto sub counties.

Cholera has claimed the lives of two people and left 39 others admitted Namatala health Centre IV Isolation center in Mbale district. 



Patrick Madaya, Mbale Deputy District Disease Surveillance Focal Person, says the deceased include a 12 year-old boy from Namakwekwe ward in Northern Division and a 60-year-old man from Bukiende Sub County.

 
 
The minor died at Tobin Clinic along Mbale-Kumi road while the old man died at one of the homes where he was being attended too by relatives.
 
 
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According to Madaya, the cholera cases are from Namatala ward, Bukasakya, Bungokho, Namayonyi, Bukiende and Bungokho-Mutoto sub counties. He attributes the cholera outbreak to poor hygiene, saying most of the affected community members drink water from contaminated sources.
 
 
He also says some of the areas have poor latrine coverage with ten families sharing a pit latrine. Yaweri Ferara, an official at the Isolation center, says most of the victims confess that they have been taking water from unprotected sources.
 
 
Ferara says they have started sensitizing the community on preventing cholera infection.

 
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One of the victims told URN on condition of anonymity that she visited Mbale Regional Referral Hospital where doctors referred her to Namatala Health center IV but she instead went home. According to the victim, it was her neighbors who rushed her to the isolation center when he condition worsened.

 
Cholera is an infection caused by bacteria and affects the intestines. The main symptoms are watery diarrhea and vomiting, which may result in dehydration and in severe cases grayish-bluish skin.
 

 

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Salume Among
Salume Among is the Mbale URN bureau chief. Among has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Among started her career in 2000 as a freelance writer for Etop newspaper before starting to write for its mother paper, The New Vision. She also wrote for the Vision Group's XFM radio station from 2008 until she left to join URN.

Among has a keen interest in local politics having been a youth representative in the Soroti variously between 1996 and 2010. Among also regularly reports on health, education, the environment and sports.