Three more people have died in along on shore of Lake Albert bringing to 8, the number of people killed by Cholera in Hoima district since the disease broke out in Bunyoro region.
The acting Hoima district Health officer, Fredrick Byenume told GMEPA on Friday that, outbreak is ravaging Communities in sub-Counties like Kabwoya, Buseruka and Kyangwali along the Lake Albert and Hoima Municipality. The outbreak has left 260 people infected and hospitalized in different isolation centers in the district.
He said the deceased and the patients presented symptoms of cholera such as watery diarrhea, vomiting and dehydration, high fever and general body weakness.
Byenume says that epidemic was reported in the district in September this adding that six of the deceased died from their homes others died at the treatment centers. He said that the September to October outbreak was contained adding that district is experiencing fresh outbreak that started in November.
According to him, five people died in first phase of the outbreak while three others died in the fresh breakout.
The epidemic has been also reported in Kikwite village, Mparo Division Hoima Municipality leaving four family members admitted at Hoima Regional Referral Hospital.
He said that the disease was spread by a carrier who visited the family from the Lake Albert shores.
Byenume said that affected children are aged two and six accounting that they contracted the disease on 12-12-205.
Byenume says efforts are on to establish a cholera treatment center at Hoima regional referral Hospital and also carry out massive sensitization on hygiene and sanitation.
Ambrose Mwesigye, the Hoima Deputy Resident District Commissioner says the district will conduct an operation to arrest people without latrines in homes.
The Lake Albert shores have experienced a cholera outbreak since September this year. In the neighboring Kibaale district, five people have died and 45 others have been treated.
Health authorities blame the persistent outbreak on open defecation habits in the affected areas. The Lake Albert shoreline is always prone to cholera at every onset of the rainy season.
“Most people along the lake shore defecate in waters of the Lake while others defecate in open and when it rains the excrements are washed into the lake and it is the same water they consume uncooked” He said.