Health authorities in Kasese district have confirmed an outbreak of Cholera after six people were admitted at Bwera General Hospital, about 6 kilometers from the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Mr Stephen Bagonza, the Kasese district health inspector, speaking on behalf of the District Director of Health Services Dr. Peter Mukobi who was not in office by press time, confirmed the outbreak.
However, Mr Bagonza added that no death had been registered since last week, when the first affected people were admitted at Bwera Hospital.
He said an isolation center is already opened up at Bwera hospital to cater for any more cases of Cholera. He however said the deadly disease will be contained since the district has enough supplies.
Sources in Bwera hospital speaking on condition of anonymity said that the cases so far treated at the isolation center are ten.
But, Dr. Timothy Muke from Bwera hospital insisted the number of those admitted is six.
Dr. Muke said, “All the cases that include women and children are from Nyabugando ward in Mpondwe-Lhubiriha town council”.
He said that the deadly disease should have spread to Uganda from neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.
Reports from across the border indicate that Lhubiriha town in the DRC has been hit severely with health facilities chocking with large numbers of patients.
Bwera General Hospital has always worked as a referral for Congolese nationals who live in some parts of Ituri region whenever they are battling serious diseases.
Aminadabu Muhindo the Kasese Deputy Resident District Commissioner assured us that, “we already have a task force and is tasked to start field operations to encourage hygiene beginning Friday.
District authorities have also put a ban sale cooked foods stuffs on the roadside in most parts of Kasese, including Mpondwe-Lhubiriha town council.
Between March and September 2012, Bukonzo West constituency where Mpondwe-Lhubiriha town council is found suffered a severe outbreak of cholera, with more than ten people reported dead and scores admitted.
Most of the affected sub-counties were, Karambi, Bwera and Nyakiyumbu.
It took the efforts of Kasese District health officials and political leadership to engage their counterparts in DRC to control the situation around Kasindipole landing site in Virunga National park.