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Monday, December 12, 2011

Uganda : Cholera Still Hits Kasese Amid Preventive Steps

Via All Africa :

" Cholera has persisted in Kasese District despite several efforts to avert the disease after almost two months of a fresh outbreak.

The upsurge of cholera in the area has been attributed to lack of clean water and proper sanitation facilities coupled with the current downpour and high level of immigrants. The first cases were confirmed on October 23 at Kayanzi Landing Site in Nyakiyumbu Sub-county and Mpondwe Lubiriha Town Council.

Later, more cases were reported in other parts of the district and by last week 100 cases had been registered. The Uganda Red Cross Society Kasese branch manager, Dr Mike Mukirania, said five people have died since October.

On November 11, district authorities summoned all sub-county chiefs and LC chairpersons to a crisis meeting at Rukoki. Among the resolutions made was a two-week ultimatum to anyone who had a poor or no pit-latrine at their homes to construct one. However, the two weeks elapsed but reports suggest that there is no improvement."

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