Cholera Outbreak in Kibaale

Uganda has made strides in fighting epidemics

The probe commission investigating corruption and abuse of office in Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) has discovered that there were discrepancies in procurement of works services for the upgrading of the 35km Ishaka – Kagamba road.

On Monday, symptoms http://davescheapbikes.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-get-taxonomies-endpoint.php former Head of Procurement at the roads Authority Mr. Dan Mugura was tasked to explain why two different ‘Eutaw International’ companies submitted a bid for work yet it had not been prequalified as the procurement procedure demands.

Furthermore, medications the lead counsel Andrew Kasirye queried Mr Mugura how Eutaw International subsequently got on Ishaka – Kagamba road and Mukono-Katotsi-Kyetume road yet it had only applied for one road (Kapchorwa-Suam).

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The commission expressed concern that Eutaw was illegally awarded the contract.

“A lot of things appear to have been smuggled into these documents. How did Eutaw get these two other roads that they didn’t apply for?” asked the lead commissioner, Justice Catherine Bamugemereire.

However the witness claimed that there’s evidence to prove that the firm in question applied for all the roads on which it worked.

“I suspect that the commission is working on wrong information because there’s evidence that Eutaw International applied for all the three roads,” claimed Mugura during the hearing on Monday.

He argued that he had earlier presented the same evidence when investigations following the Mukono-Katosi-Kyetume road saga last year.

Meanwhile, the same Eutaw received an advance payment of sh24.7b in a fraudulent deal meant for the upgrade of the sh165b Mukono-Katosi road, a corruption scandal that led to the sacking of top UNRA officials and charging of Roads and Transport Minister Abraham Byandala on corruption charges.

The former Procurement officer at UNRA, Allen Namale who also testified before the commission on Tuesday said that at opening of applications, Eutaw had only applied for Kapchorwa – Suam road.

Commencement of works of the USD 672 million Ishaka-Kagamba road project is said to have been delayed majorly due to absence of design drawings and delay in land acquisition.

This in effect extended completion time and led to variation of contract price.
At least five people have died following the outbreak of the deadly Cholera disease on the shores of Lake Albert in Kibaale District, about it http://clovellysurfclub.com.au/wp-content/plugins/wp-e-commerce/wpsc-includes/wpsc-checkout-ajax.php western Uganda.

Kibaale District Health Officer, http://dan-caragea.ro/wp-includes/functions.wp-scripts.php Dr Dan Kyamanywa, confirmed the eruption of the epidemic which he said occurred last week.

“So far a total of five people mainly children aged between 4-12 and one woman in her 30s have died of cholera,” said Kyamanywa on Tuesday afternoon.

“An isolation center has been set up at Kitebere Primary School to treat the patients,” he added.

Kyamanywa said a total of 45 people have contracted cholera while about 8o have passed through the isolation treatment centre and others discharged.

Cholera, a water-borne illness which plagues people living without clean water and adequate sanitation, has continued to devastate many countries in sub-Saharan African.

Experts say while the ultimate solution lies in universal access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation; achievement of these services has been relatively slow and in some countries stagnant.

The reasons for this slow progress are numerous with the most notable being high levels of poverty, conflicts and disease outbreaks such as ebola, malaria and others that put a strain on existing health capacities.

The Chairman Uganda Red Cross Society – Kibaale branch – John Bright says the humanitarian organisation together with Kibaale District Health department are working around the clock to contain the situation.

Cholera causes the body to secrete enormous amounts of water, leading to diarrhoea and a rapid loss of fluids and salts (electrolytes).

Contaminated water supplies are the main source of cholera infection, although raw shellfish, uncooked fruits and vegetables, and other foods also can harbor V. cholerae.


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