Health

Panic as Kasese Cholera Cases Rise to 100

An illustration showing some of the symptoms of Cholera.

Kasese District is struggling to contain the outbreak of Cholera epidemic after the number of cases confirmed with the deadly disease reached 100.

On Monday, the Ministry of Health reported that three people had died while 73 had been admitted to Bwera general hospital over the disease.

However, the Bwera Hospital administrator, Pedson Buthalha, yesterday said they are now treating 100 cases of cholera.

Buthalha said the disease, which had attacked Bwera and Nyakiyumbu sub-counties, has now spread to Rusese ward in Mpondwe-Lubiriha Town Council.

However, Dr Yusuf Baseka, the district medical officer, said efforts are underway to set up a new isolation centre with a capacity of 30 beds.

“The work is going on to construct a new isolation centre to transfer the cholera patients from the general ward area. By Wednesday (Today) morning all the patients on treatment and possible new cases will be treated from the new isolation centre” said Dr Baseka.

Supplies arrive

Dr Baseka said supplies from the National Medical Stores arrived yesterday and were handed over the Bwera hospital management.

He said other supplies have been received from Unicef, Joint Medical Stores and Medicines San Frontiers.

He said the district task force and a team from the Ministry of Health are assessing the situation and devising possible ways of containing the epidemic.

Meanwhile, the district has banned the sale of cooked food and homemade juices on the roadsides and markets across the district with immediate effect.

“We hope that our people will adhere to this ban because such foods and drinks are exposed to flies that carriers of the germs that transmit the diseases,” Dr Baseka said.

Kasese has had a long history of cholera outbreaks. In March 2015, there was a cholera outbreak in the sub counties of Nyakiyumba and Bwera with over 20 cases reported by the time it was contained.

Between March and September 2012, Bukonzo West constituency where Bwera hospital is found suffered a severe outbreak of cholera, that claimed more than 10 lives and over 100 hospitalised.

Most of the affected sub-counties were, Karambi, Bwera and Nyakiyumbu.

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