Kampala battling Cholera outbreak

APA-Kampala (Uganda)

A cholera outbreak has been confirmed in Kampala, after seven suspected cases tested positive for the disease.

Emmanuel Ainebyoona, senior public relations officer at the Ministry of Health, confirmed that the patients were taken to Naguru hospital for examination after showing signs and symptoms of the contagious disease.

He said 16 other suspected cases have been quarantined at Naguru hospital, pending further examination.

Uganda’s state minister for primary health care, Joyce Moriku Kaducu, told journalists in Kampala Thursday morning that as a measure to check the spread of the disease an isolation center was opened at Naguru’s China-Uganda Cooperation Hospital to treat suspected and confirmed patients.

Additionally, an ambulance is in place to pick and transfer any suspected patients to the isolation and treatment center, which is accessible 24 hours.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health has asked citizens to observe proper sanitation and hygiene, and vowed to continue to carry out community awareness activities about cholera.

Cholera is an infectious disease that causes severe watery diarrhoea that leads to instant dehydration and eventual death, if untreated.

It is usually contracted through drinking water or eating food that has been contaminated with faecal matter.

Despite being easy to treat, cholera is estimated to affect between 3 and 5 million people each year, and it causes over 100,000 deaths worldwide.


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