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Hoima cholera death toll rises to 40

The number of people that have been infected with cholera in Hoima district has risen to over 2,000 with the cumulative death toll now standing at 40.
 
Dr Peter Byaruhanga, the acting Hoima district disease surveillance officer, told URN on Tuesday that 500 fresh cholera cases were reported among the Congolese refugees and members of the host communities at Kasonga, Sebigoro and Buhuka isolation centres in the last two weeks.
 
Children in Hoima learning how to prevent the spread of cholera. Photo: Unicef 
Byaruhanga says now there are more Ugandans infected with cholera than the refugees. The cholera outbreak was first reported at Sebagoro landing site on the Lake Albert shores in Hoima district on February 11 among the Congolese refugees fleeing tribal clashes in the Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo between the Lendu, Bagegere and Hema communities.
 
Dr Byaruhanga fears that the cases could escalate following the heavy rain that has hit most parts of Hoima district. He further explains that the cholera cases have further spread to various villages in the sub-counties of Kigorobya, Kyangwali, Kabwoya, Buseruka and in Hoima Municipality. He says between nine to 14 cases are being reported at the various isolation centres daily.
 
Dr Byaruhanga says all the district health assistants have been deployed in the cholera prone areas of Kyangwali, Buseruka, Kigorobya and Kabwoya to carry out massive sensitisation among members of the public on how to guard themselves against any further cholera spread.
 
He explains that they have deployed village health teams (VHTs) to do case notification by moving from house to house to identify those with cholera related cases.

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0 #1 Lakwena 2018-04-04 08:29
In other words, where is the government (absentee state) and what are Ugandans proud of?

In the 21st Century, and in the absence of war/disaster and a would be a middle income economy by 2020; how do Ugandans explain to the rest of world that we still have Cholera epidemic (2,000 victims and 40 dead) in the district where oil is suppose to flow like the Nile?
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