Cholera Cases In Mbale Reach 56


In short
Sr Jennifer Wandawa, the Cholera technical advisor in Mbale says despite the big number reported, they have managed to treat most of them.

Cases of cholera reported in Mbale have reached 56, according to the district health authorities.

Mbale District Health Officer, Dr. John Baptist Wanaiye says they have continued to register cases almost daily.
Dr. Wanaiye however said only four victims are still admitted, and only one patient died.
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Sr Jennifer Wandawa says a team of health workers has been dispatched to the most affected areas reas to sensitize the public on good hygiene and sanitation.

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Meanwhile, a team of officials from the World Health Organization - WHO and Ministry of Health has also arrived in Mbale to assess the cholera situation.

According to Dr. Wanaiye, the team led by Dr. Hudson Katushabe from the World Health Organization and Dr.  Godfrey Wabwire from  the Ministry of Health  have visited the two cholera isolation centers, held meetings with the case management team and will also visit the affected areas..

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Cholera is an infectious disease that causes severe watery diarrhea, which can lead to dehydration and death if left untreated. It is caused by eating food or drinking water contaminated with bacteria.


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Denis Olaka
Denis Olaka is the URN bureau chief for Lira, in northern Uganda. Apac and Otuke fall under his docket. Olaka has been a URN staff member since 2011.

Olaka started his journalism career in 2000 as a news reporter, anchor, and then editor for Radio Lira in Lira district. He was subsequently an editor with Lira's Radio Wa in 2004 and Gulu district's Mega FM.

He was also a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor and Red Pepper newspapers.

Olaka's journalism focuses on politics, health, agriculture and education. He does a lot of crime reporting too.