KCCA Records Four Deaths, Over 140 Suspected Cholera Cases

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Dr. Seruka says the other cholera cases are from Kyebando, Kalerwe, Kawempe and Namuwongo, all suburbs of Kampala City.

Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has recorded four deaths and more than140 suspected cholera cases since October, Dr. David Seruka, the Public Health Director has revealed.



According to Dr. Seruka, the first cholera cases were recorded in Kanyogoga and Kakajjo.
 

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Dr. Seruka says the other cholera cases are from Kyebando, Kalerwe, Kawempe and Namuwongo, all suburbs of Kampala City.
 
 
He says KCCA is conducting a series of activities like community mobilisation and education on the causes and prevention of cholera.
 

He encourages people living in flood prone areas especially slums to maintain proper hygiene and to report any illnesses that presents with diarrhea



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URN visited some of the cholera prone areas in the city suburbs, but discovered that most of the residents are not aware of the outbreak, its causes and how to prevent it.
 

Mugisha Alice, a resident of Kalerwe wants health officials to start educating them about the disease and how to prevent it.

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Lucky Nakintu, a proprietor of a restaurant in Kawempe told URN that member of the Village Health Team talked to her about the disease and how to prevent it by washing hands with soap.
 
 
Nakintu however says she cannot control the causes of the disease because her toilet gets flooded every time it rains. 


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Most of the suspected cholera cases are currently being treated at the isolation center in Mulago National Referral Hospital, which is managed by the health ministry.

 

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Beatrice Nyangoma
Beatrice Nyangoma values her independence as a journalist. This was one of her major considerations before she became a URN staffer in 2015.

Nyangoma says, "I like URN because it gives me room to decide what stories I want to work on. That is so important to me."

The URN Jinja bureau chief since July 2016, Nyangoma considers health matters a beat close to her heart. One of the highlights of her career so far were her exclusive interviews unveiling the rot in Mulago hospital in early 2016.

Nyangoma started out writing for the Red Pepper newspaper in 2011 in her final year of university. She was majorly a health reporter. In 2012, Nyangoma moved to Top Television as a health, business reporter and weekend news editor. She was also the assistant editorial manager of Kabarole Research and Resource Centre FM (KRC FM).