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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Uganda: Cholera Breaks Out in Hoima District

Article from All Africa :

" Hoima : Four cases of cholera have been confirmed in Nkondo Parish, Kabwoya Sub-county in Hoima District. The district health officer, Dr Joseph Ruyonga, said on Monday that the patients were still undergoing treatment at Sebigoro health centre in Kabwoya, while a team of health officials was dispatched to the area to sensitise the residents about the causes of the disease and preventive measures.

No toilet facilities

Dr Ruyonga said there was a high level of poor sanitation in the area due to lack of toilet facilities. "It is absurd that there is only one pit-latrine in Sebigoro Market, an indication that the residents may not have pit- latrines in their homes."

Eight patients were last week rushed to the health centre after showing signs and symptoms of cholera stool, diarrhoea and vomiting. Later, four of the eight were discharged. Areas along the Lake Albert in Hoima are prone to cholera outbreaks whenever they experience heavy rains."

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