Health Ministry Confirms Cholera Outbreak in Moyo

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Dr Jimmy Opigo, the Moyo district health officer says addition samples collected from the victim tested positive for cholera. He says the disease has now spread to the neighboring Lefori sub county

The health ministry has reported a cholera outbreak in Obongi County in Moyo district. It comes after the disease claimed five people and left 100 others hospitalized. Initially, medical workers in Moyo district blamed the death of the five people on a strange illness as the samples taken from some of the victims tested negative because they were already on antibiotics.
 
However, a team from the health ministry which visited the district last week confirmed a cholera outbreak. Dr Jimmy Opigo, the Moyo district health officer says addition samples collected from the victim tested positive for cholera. He says the disease has now spread to the neighboring Lefori sub county. Dr Opigo says they have already set up an isolation center Lefori health centre III, where they will manage the cholera cases. He says so far two patients are admitted at the center in a critical condition.

Dr Opigo says the cholera district task force has already deployed village health teams and local leaders to carryout massive sensitization on the outbreak of the epidemic all over the district to stem more deaths. He says they have also tasked proprietors of public places in Moyo town to provide hand washing facilities at their premises to avoid the further spread of the disease.

Gerison Goliga, the health inspector Moyo town council says they have tasked food venders provide water and detergent for hand washing, adding that they have also banned the sale of unbottled water. Dr Jimmy Opigo, the Moyo District health Officer says there is need to increase man power on the ground if the disease is to be contained.

Cholera caused by the bacteria Vibrio Cholera. It is transmitted through eating contaminated food and taking unboiled water.

 

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Ronald Batre
Ronald Batre is so passionate about journalism that he did not wait to finish school before he started his career. This is how he started with Radio Paidha, The West Niler, Daily Monitor newspapers and later with Radio Pacis as Assistant News Editor.

To be allowed to practice his passion, Batre had struck a deal with his parents. He would complete his education. He kept his word and went through school while suporting himself with his journalism.

Entering the workplace so young attuned Batre to the plight of the youth and those who seek employment. Apart from that, he is interested in reporting about politics, local government, business and the environment. A witness to some of the destructive impact of the Lord's Resistance Army rebellion in northern Uganda, Batre is interested in reporting about peace building efforts too.

Uganda Radio Network's former Gulu bureau chief, Batre is now based in Kampala. He is URN's main politics correspondent. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.