The Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Ruth Acheng says government will carry out country wide vaccination against cholera a disease that is brought about by poor sanitation.
The development of oral cholera vaccination come in awake of sporadic cholera outbreak in areas of Kyotera and Bulambuli districts.
The minister who was reacting to concerns that were raised by legislator said, that the exercise will start from eight districts of Bulambuli, Kampala, Wakiso, and Jinja among others. She said that the vaccines will soon be availed and distributed to the rest of the districts in the country.
She noted that cholera vaccine has already been administered to refugees because over allegations that were affected by the disease at the time they entered the country. She implored residents in cholera prone districts to maintain good hygiene for curbing of the disease.
Earlier Kyotera district MP Robinah Ssentongo remarked that the outbreak of the epidemic has been worsened by absence of health services in the district. She revealed that most affected area is Nongoma village where residents have to cross to Tanzania for health services.
“I have received reports that two children have died of cholera related symptoms and several others are suffering. Unfortunately, the Health Centre II has no medication,” said Ssentongo.
Bulambuli County MP Alex Burundo said one person died of cholera and 20 people have been affected in Bulambuli district, “We need government to increase the water sources in Bulambuli district and ensure the water is disinfected,” he added.