By Tugume Johnbosco
Eight people have been confirmed dead while about 300 others are hospitalized after a suspected cholera outbreak in Hoima district.
The outbreak has been reported in Rwenyawawa village in Kyangwali Sub-County and Sebigoro landing site in Kabwoya Sub County where Congolese refugees are settled.
The areas host thousands of refugees from DR Congo who fled tribal clashes between the Lendu and Bagegere in Ituri province in the eastern part of the country.
The violence has allegedly forced over 20,000 Congolese to flee into the neighboring Uganda since early December last year via Lake Albert.
Fred Kugonza, the Hoima District Disease Surveillance Officer has told Kampala post that the deceased were children below five years. He said among those admitted also a total of 119 are children.
Mr Kugonza said the deceased had features of diarrhea and vomiting coupled with high fever which are signs of cholera.
He added that some samples from patients diagnosed with acute diarrhea have been sent to Central Public Health Laboratory in Kampala for testing.
John Steven Ekoom, Hoima Resident District Commissioner has advised residents to observe personal hygiene and embrace the use of
He blamed the disease outbreak to poor sanitation conditions at the refugee settlement isolation centres.
Cholera is an acute infectious disease, usually shared through the consumption of contaminated food and water, which can potentially prove fatal.
Vicente Opio, Kabwoya district councilor said the situation is likely to worsen when the rains start because the refugees have limited access to latrines.