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.