Mbale Battles with Cholera as Cases Surge

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Dr. John Baptist Wanaiye, the District Health Officer has expressed concern at the alarming rate at which cholera is spreading.

Mbale district is struggling to contain a deadly outbreak of cholera that has now spread to 16 of the 24 sub counties in the district.

The District Health Officer, Dr. John Baptist Wanaiye says the epidemic is spreading at an alarming rate and a total of 152 cases have been registered in the last one and half months.

He says of these, five people have succumbed to the disease while others are still being treated at the cholera isolation center at Namatala Health center III.

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Wanaiye says despite a joint effort by the Ministry of health, UNICEF and the World Health Organisation to contain the spread of the disease, new cases continue to emerge.
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Wanaiye attributes the spread of the disease to poor sanitation and traditional belief. The people in the area, he says, believe that cholera is caused by witchcraft.

According to Wanaiye, those infected by the disease run to witchdoctors and hence, spreading the disease further.

He also blames the increase in some area to lack of clean drinking water sources. He cites the industrial division, Bunghoko Mutoto and Bukasakya sub counties, as areas that draw contaminated water for domestic use.

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The Program for Accessible Health Communication and Education- PACE, on Friday donated 84, 000 water treatment tablets to Mbale district local government to fight the epidemic.

 

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Denis Olaka
Denis Olaka is the URN bureau chief for Lira, in northern Uganda. Apac and Otuke fall under his docket. Olaka has been a URN staff member since 2011.

Olaka started his journalism career in 2000 as a news reporter, anchor, and then editor for Radio Lira in Lira district. He was subsequently an editor with Lira's Radio Wa in 2004 and Gulu district's Mega FM.

He was also a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor and Red Pepper newspapers.

Olaka's journalism focuses on politics, health, agriculture and education. He does a lot of crime reporting too.