Cholera Outbreak In Hoima and Kibaale Contained

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Health authorities in the two districts say the last reported case of cholera was on 24th December.

The cholera outbreak that has ravaged the Lake Albert shoreline in Hoima and Kibaale districts for months is almost being contained. 

No new cholera cases have been registered in Kibaale district for the last six days, while the neighbouring Hoima district has not registered any cholera cases since 18th December.

Dr. Dan Kyamanywa, the Kibaale district health officer says since 24 December, there are no new cases registered in his district, while the last death occurred on 3rd December.

Dr. Kyamanywa commends the intervention of the National Medical Stores, the Uganda Red Cross Society and local leadership of the affected areas in fighting the epidemic.

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Fredrick Byenume, the Hoima district health inspector says the district will be declared cholera free after two weeks without any new cases. 

The health officials attribute this progress to enhanced health sensitization and interventions by Ministry of health, development partners and local leaders. 

Hoima district has been battling the cholera outbreak since September. Six people have died out of the 261 that contracted the disease in the sub-counties of Buseruka, Kabwoya, Kyangwali and Hoima Municipality. 

In Kibaale, seven people died out of the 128 cases registered since the outbreak in November. The outbreak was registered in the villages of Kibere and Songarao in Ndaiga sub-county.

The Lake Albert shoreline is prone to cholera outbreak especially during rainy seasons. 

Health authorities blame this on open defecation habits at landing sites and unsafe drinking water.