By Abraham Kizza
KAMPALA. The Ministry of Health has launched a general cleaning and sanitation enhancement campaign in the Cholera hit Kabowa area in Rubaga Division, Kampala district.
Minister of State in charge Primary Health Care, Dr. Joyce Moriku Kaducu spearheaded the general cleaning exercise which she says is intended to improve general hygiene and sanitation in the area and mitigate spread of cholera.
Addressing journalists at the Uganda Media Centre on Thursday, Dr Moriku said during the exercise the Ministry intends to address health and sanitation challenges of lack of clean water and lack of hand washing facilities in the area.
“Before we came here we went to Kabowa for general cleaning. This was done today and immediately after the Cholera outbreak," the Minister said, adding, "We found a challenge of water, some of the National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) taps don’t work. There were no hand washing facilities. We are going to ensure its addressed.”
Kabowa recently registered a Cholera outbreak, a disease caused by poor hygiene and sanitation. Dr. Kaducu revealed that since January 5, 2019, the Ministry has registered two confirmed cases of Cholera and 8 suspected cases. she added that majority of the patients have improved and will be discharged soon.
“Following the suspected Cholera cases on the same day, the Ministry of Health made an arrangement to transfer the patients to Naguru-China Uganda Cooperation Hospital where a treatment centre was established,” she said.
“Fortunately, there are no Cholera cases in Nakawa, Central and Kawempe though our teams are on ground sensitizing and doing a passive search,” she added.
She listed some precautions the ministry is undertaking to prevent and control the spread of the disease like opening the Naguru-China Uganda Cooperation Hospital for the disease treatment, embarking on ambulance pickups and coordinating with stakeholders to follow up cases.
Cholera is an infection of the small intestine by some strains of the bacterium Vibrio cholerae.
The classic symptom of the disease is large amounts of watery diarrhea that lasts a few days. Vomiting and muscle cramps may also occur. Diarrhea can be so severe that it leads within hours to severe dehydration and electrolyte imbalance.
This may result in sunken eyes, cold skin, decreased skin elasticity and wrinkling of the hands and feet. Dehydration can cause the skin to turn bluish. Symptoms start two hours to five days after exposure.
Transmission is usually through the fecal-oral route of contaminated food or water caused by poor sanitation.
Below is what you need to know about the disease from the Ministry of Health.