Four people have died and more than 300 people have been admitted at Bulambuli Health center IV following a fresh outbreak of Cholera in the district.
Dr Muhammed Mulongo, the Bulambuli District Health Officer says that they have received more than 500 new cases of cholera over the last two and half weeks. Of these four people have died, 180 have been discharged while 334 were by Tuesday evening still admitted.
He explained that the fresh outbreak was first registered on March 7, with three cases from Bwihonge Sub County. By last evening, a total of 123 cases had been recorded from the same Sub County.
Dr Mulongo said so far the epidemic has spread to the seven Sub Counties in the lower belt of the district. They include Muyembe, Bulambuli town council, Bulegeni, Buhakalo, Nabongo and Bunabutye Sub Counties.
This is the second time within this year that Bulambuli district is hit with Cholera. In January, 12 cases were registered but the situation was contained. There was however no death registered.
Dr Mulongo attributes the fresh outbreak to shortage of clean water in the district. He said currently residents are using water from the only two major sources of river Solonko and Cheptui which he said they are sharing with animals.
He said the long dry spell has had an adverse effects to water sources most of which have dried.
He said with the help of UNICEF, Ministry of health they are distributing water purification tablets to the affected community. He said a team of health educators have been dispatched to the affected areas to sensitize the public on good hygiene and sanitation.
Meanwhile, the district is also hit with acute diarrhea. Records at the hospital indicate that in March alone more than 700 cases of acute diarrhea were registered especially among children.
Cholera is an infectious disease that causes severe watery diarrhea, which can lead to dehydration and even death if untreated. It is caused by eating and drinking contaminated food stuffs.
Sam Okech, a clinician says Cholera presents with rapid heart rate, loss of skin elasticity, dry mucous membranes, including the inside of the mouth, throat, nose, and eyelids, low blood pressure, thirst, muscle cramps among others.
Okech explained that if not treated, dehydration can lead to shock and death in a matter of hours.