The statement by the Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health has warned the general public over active cholera cases in Kalererwe on the outskirts of Kampala City and some areas of Mpigi district.

In a statement by the Acting Director General of Health Services Dr. Henry Mwebesa, there are seven cases reported and patients are currently being treated at the China Friendship Hospital in Naguru.

The seven cases have been confirmed from two families; three cases in the Kalererwe family and the other four patients from the same family in Mpigi district.

Dr. Mwebesa alluded the outbreak of cholera to heavy rains that resulted into temporary floods, contaminating water sources, poor hygiene and sanitization in various areas in the country.

‘In a bid to avert the outbreak, Ministry of Health appeals to the general public to boil drinking water add chlorine or water guard among other chemicals to preserve water, washing hands after toilet, thorough cooking of food,’ he wrote.

Dr. Mwebesa implored people to desist from taking fluids packed in plastic bottles or polythene bags, cold food and fetching water from wells.

Cholera is an infectious disease characterized by diarrhea and vomiting, causing death in a few hours.

 

 

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