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Cholera strikes more than 50 in Yumbe

posted 1 Sept 2016, 23:01 by RCN Uganda   [ updated 1 Sept 2016, 23:02 ]
Cholera has broken out in Bidibidi refugee settlement camp in Yumbe District, infecting 53 people. The district health officer, Dr Alfred Yayi, said at a meeting with United Nations Development Programme officials on Tuesday that sanitation at the camp is poor.
“Pit-latrines are available but the culture and taboos of the refugees of not sharing pit-latrines with their in-laws are making some of them to practice open defecation. We have managed to handle the cases with the partners with no cases of deaths registered so far,” Dr Yayi said. He added that 50 refugees and three Ugandan nationals are receiving treatment at a health centre in the settlement camp.
With the continuous influx of refugees, the district councillors are demanding for the construction of more health centres and upgrade of the existing classrooms.
Mr Saidi Aniku, the district vice chairperson, said: “The available health centres in the district are not enough to support the indigenous people let alone the refugees.”
He called for the recruitment of more health workers, and stocking of health centres with drugs.
Mr Aniku said there is need to raise more awareness on sanitation in refugee camps to prevent outbreak of diseases such as cholera.
The disease Cholera is an acute diarrhoeal infection caused by ingestion of food or water contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae.
The short incubation period of two hours to five days, is a factor that triggers the potentially explosive pattern of outbreaks.
Cholera can kill within hours. A person infected with cholera develops acute watery diarrhoea with severe dehydration. This can lead to death if left untreated.

Source: www.monitor.co.ug