Cholera Breaks Out In Mbale
Mbale District Health Officer Dr. John Baptist Waniaye has called upon local leaders in communities currently affected by cholera to work with their community health workers to sensitize the people on proper hygiene and sanitation to avoid new infections.
“I would like to appeal to the local council leaders to work with the health teams in their communities to sustain the message of proper sanitation to avoid outbreak of new cases of cholera,” said Waniaye.
The DHO observed that when there is a reduction in cholera infections, people stop boiling water for drinking and using latrines which leads to new outbreaks.
The cholera outbreak in Mbale is due to the current heavy rains that carry human wastes to the water sources from which people draw water. Some families do not have latrines and therefore use the bush to ease themselves.
The district has put in place several measures to control further spread of the disease; the health teams are treating drinking water for severely affected areas, encouraging people to boil water for drinking and use latrines, washing hands when handling food, eating food when it is still warm and using clean utensils.
There are several treatment centres and a well trained medical team on standby to disinfect homes and latrines of any new reported cases and making sure the infected persons are taken for treatment.
The long term measure is to make sure every household has a latrine and improved sanitary conditions.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health Dr. Asuman Lukwago said the ministry has sent an officer to Mbale and also provided medicines for treatment.
“There is a Cholera Control Program in the field and the situation is under control."
The disease has put millions of lives at risk.
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Updated on 2013-05-09 09:25
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