June 12, 2013

Cholera Claims 5 in West Nile

At least four people have been confirmed dead and 44 others admitted in the various health centers following the resurgence of the disease in Panyimur Sub County in Nebbi district.
Four people have been confirmed dead and 44 others admitted following a fresh cholera outbreak in Panyimur Sub County in Nebbi district. The disease broke out two weeks ago. Last year, cholera hit the same area and claimed the lives of more than 20 people leaving 1000 others admitted. Jakor Oryema, the Nebbi District Health Officer blames the fresh cholera outbreak to the failure by residents to adhere to the preventive measures put in place by the authorities.

Following last year’s outbreak, Nebbi district banned food vending. Oryem says that they have embarked on a campaign to sensitize residents on how to avoid the epidemic. Anthony Andrionzi, Nebbi district health education officer says fishing communities are most hit by the disease because of poor sanitation in their area. He advises residents to use water purifiers or boil their water and desist from touching infected persons without wearing protective gear.

Following the cholera outbreak in Panyimur, Arua municipality has also issued a warning to the traders to observe personal hygiene to prevent the disease from spreading to the area. Dr. Paul Onzubo, the Arua municipal health officer says they are worried because of the cholera resurgence in Panyimur because many fish mongers buy their fish from there.
Cholera broke out in Arua district in March and April this year leading to the death of five people. Cholera is an acute, diarrheal illness caused by infection of the intestine with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae.
The infection is often mild or without symptoms, but sometimes it can be severe. The disease is characterized by watery diarrhea, vomiting and leg cramps.

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