Since 3rd September 2019, the ministry of health through its twitter handle and facebook page has confirmed 12 new cases of Cholera in 5 districts of Uganda at Nabulola Health center IV and Dubani Mission in Busia. The ministry of Health together with its partners have laid measures of how to prevent cholera spread
1.Wash your hands thoroughly with soap after holding dirty equipment or even use of washrooms
2.Avoid eating row food or even drinks in plastic bags
3.Boil all drinking water or add chroine
The districts include Kyegegwa with 25 cases, Bududa with 66 cases and 1 death,Kisoro with 20 suspects, Isingiro with over 118 cases and 1 death. The ministry to Health through its press release on 6th September, stated that Cholera is mainly in refugee camps with exemption of Bududa and Busia districts.
Cholera is mainly spread due to consumption of contaminated water, eating row foods, misuse of convenience rooms (toilets), shaking of hands with infected people, poor personal and domestic hygiene. Seek early treatment from the nearest Health Facility upon onset of symptoms Uganda has a five-year strategic plan (2017-2022) to prevent, control and proceed on Cholera elimination. This plan incorporates all the necessary interventions that will ensure Uganda is Cholera free.
Cholera is an infection caused by the bacteria and affects the intestines. The main symptoms are watery diarrhea and vomiting. This may result in dehydration and in severe cases grayish-bluish skin. Transmission occurs primarily by drinking water or eating food that has been contaminated with faeces.
Last year, more than four cholera outbreaks were reported in the districts of Kween, Kampala, Bulambuli, Mbale and Hoima. In September 2018, the government launched a national cholera vaccination campaign that aimed to vaccinate over one million people in cholera prone areas.