22 December 2015

Uganda: Health Minister in Busia to Assess Cholera Outbreak

Busia — The State Minister for Primary Healthcare, Ms Sarah Opendi, is in Busia District to assess the outbreak of the cholera epidemic that has continued to ravage the district for the last two months.

Ms Opendi said the outbreak is worrying because the number of the people infected is increasing. By last week, the figure stood at 221, with six dead.

"The situation needs to be addressed urgently and this has to be done by sensitising the community. The most prone-areas visited is indeed pathetic and needs combined efforts from both the community and other stakeholders," she said.

Last week, a number of food vendors operating within Busia town, who failed to adhere to health standards, were apprehended during an operation by the district inspection team.

The operation was headed by thedistrict health inspector, Mr Fred Wabwire.

"A number of them [food vendors] were arrested because they were operating in unhygienic conditions despite several warnings to improve. They were released with a caution but the operation will continue," Mr Wabwire said.

The health department together with other stakeholders have embarked on a sensitisation programme on preventive measures.

The epidemic reportedly struck Eastern Division, Western Division [Busia Municipality], Busitema, Ikuda and Dabani sub-counties.

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