Cholera Outbreak Confirmed in Hoima


A fresh cholera outbreak on the shores of Lake Albert in Hoima district has claimed the life of one person and left 10 others hospitalized.

The outbreak has been reported in Rwetare, cheap Fofo landing site in Buseruka Sub County.

David Ozere a village health team member in Tonya parish says that epidemic was reported in area on Thursday last week.

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He says the victim died Tuesday morning at Rwetare.  Ozere has declined to name the deceased, abortion only saying he died before being taken for treatment.

He adds that they have established an isolation treatment centre at Rwetare Pentecostal church.

Bugahya county MP, Pius Wakabi rushed at the treatment centre but he was shocked when he found no medical personnel taking care of the admitted patients.

The locals told the legislator that they hired one Openji Mungu, a medical practitioner to offer medical services to the victims.

This angered Wakabi who wondered why the district health department could be negligent with an epidemic that can kill hundreds of people.

Geoffrey Komakech, the Buseruka LC5 councilor says the district health officials say they lack intravenous fluids to treat the cholera patients.

When contacted, the Hoima district health inspector Fredrick Byenume said the district ordered for intravenous fluids from the Ministry of health but the National Medical Stores-MNS has not made any supplies.


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