A post-mortem conducted following the death of Mr Benson Oryema on the 29th of April this year, who died in Purongo Sub County in Nwoya district indicated that he died of cholera.
According to the Medical Superintendent of Anaka Hospital Mr Janani Lumu, the post-mortem which was done at Lacor hospital indicates that Oryema died of cholera and a team of medical workers have been dispatched to carry out more investigation on any probable outbreak and sensitise the community on improving their hygiene.
“Our report indicates that Mr Oryema died of Cholera and one person has also been admitted at Purongo health centre III identified as Ms Joyce Amiyan, 35,” said Lumu.
Oryema who was a businessman dealing in fish had gone to Nebbi district where he has been conducting his usual business and from where he is suspected to have contracted the disease.
“Health officials are on the ground sensitising the community to report any suspected case immediately at any nearby health centre,” Mr Lumu said.
The LCV Chairperson for Nwoya district Mr Patrick Okello Oryema, has prohibited the selling of mangoes and other food stuffs along roadsides in an effort to avoid further possible infection from eating contaminated foods.
There will be an emergency council meeting to form a task force at the district and sub county level in addressing the issues on the ground this week.
Cholera outbreak in Nebbi district has so far left 11 people dead in the last two months and dozens admitted to hospitals and health centres.
- Cholera is spread through drinking contaminated water and eating contaminated food.
- Latrine coverage in the district is at 45 per cent, yet the recommendable latrine coverage should be at 55 per cent. So return communities tend to eases themselves in the bushes which in turn contaminates water points which many still share with animals.
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