24 December 2012

Uganda: Diarrhoea Outbreak in Kibuku District

An outbreak of Diarrhea and other water-bone-related diseases have been reported in Kabusule village Kirika sub county Kibuku district.

Kibuku district health officer, Steven Wilson Namungha revealed this while handing over 190 water Jerrycan donated by Kadama Widows Association to residents of Kabusule village on Sunday.

Namungha said that Kibuku health Centre IV and other health centres II on average receive over 300 patients on a daily basis with water bone related diseases.

"Only OPD in Kibuku health Centre IV receives about 300 patients with water bone related diseases on a daily basis. These cases include, Diarrhoea, vomiting, skin rush, Bilharzia and Malaria, " Namungha said.

Namungha attributed the outbreak of the water bone related diseases to scarcity of safe clean drinking water, poor hygiene and sanitation in the house holds.

He said that residents of Kabusule and other villages still share the few water sources with animals and that water coverage in the district stands at 42% below the national figure.

"With the dry season in January, more people are most likely to be exposed to skin diseases because water will be scarce forcing them to use water from the ponds. The village depends on unprotected water sources with no borehole," Namungha said.

Namungha said that pit latrine coverage in the district stands at 72% in 32v villages and that diarrhea is third to malaria to be treated in Kibuku district.

Namungha warned the residents against using cassava plantation and plastic bags as pit latrine, adding that when it rains the dirt contaminates unprotected water streams.

Deputy executive officer, Kadama Widow Association, Gorreti Nabukenya said that the association will continue working close the district authorities to see that the hygiene and sanitation is improved.

"We are having talks with district leaders to see how Kadama Widow Association can come in to improve sanitation and provide more safe clean water sources to the suffering residents. We have started by providing clean water tap jerrycans. We have taught families on how to keep hygiene," Nabukenya said.

She appealed to the district authorities to establish strict bylaws that will see the families without pit latrine and dirty compounds are disciplined.

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