Fresh Cholera Outbreak Leaves 2 Dead, 14 Admitted In Kibaale

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Two people have been confirmed dead while 14 others are hospitalized following a fresh cholera outbreak in Kibaale district. This comes as the district recovers from an outbreak of Ebola virus that killed at least 17 people between July and August this year.

Two people have been confirmed dead while 14 others are hospitalized following a fresh cholera outbreak in Kibaale district.

The disease outbreak has been announced at the landing sites of Kitebere and Songalawo in Ndaiga Sub County on the shores of Lake Albert.

The deceased have been identified as 42 year old Aduba Kabaja, a resident of Kitebere landing site and Peter Kasanga, 50, a resident of Songalawo landing site.

Dr. Dan Kyamanywa, the Kibaale district health officer says the two died at their homes last week. Dr Kyamanywa says in light of the fresh cholera outbreak, a fully-fledged isolation camp has been established at Ndaiga Health Centre Two to manage the ailment.
 
This comes as the district recovers from an outbreak of Ebola virus that killed at least 17 people between July and August this year.

By Monday afternoon, 14 cholera patients had been admitted. The Ministry of Health has also delivered medical facilities that include drugs, IP fluids used to re-hydrate cholera patients and disinfectants among others.

The area has just recovered from another cholera outbreak in April this year that left at least five people dead and more than 100 others hospitalised. Lake Albert shore areas are always prone to cholera outbreak especially during rainy seasons. This is blamed on the low levels of hygiene and sanitation in those areas.

According to Dr Kyamanywa, most households along the lake shores lack latrines and other hygiene and sanitation facilities yet they drink dirty water. A recent Kibaale district health report showed that 90 percent of households at landing sites lack latrines.



Cholera is viral disease spread through eating food and drinks contaminated with human feces.