Cholera breaks out, patients escape Naguru hospital  

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A drainage channel in Rubaga division

Cholera has broken out in Kampala with seven patients currently admitted at Naguru hospital isolation unit.

The director in charge of clinical services in the ministry of health Dr. Charles Olaro confirmed the outbreak and says most of the cases are from Kabowa, Bukasa and Namuwongo in Rubaga division.

Residents of Kabowa are leaving in fear following the ministry of health announcement that will affect their lives. The place is very dirty with clogged drainage channels.

The ministry of health defines cholera as an acute diarrhoeal infection caused by ingestion of food or water contaminated with bacteria.

“To avoid Cholera, always remember to wash your hands with and clean after using and before eating food. Cover your food to avoid contamination by flies,” the ministry said.

Patients escape

Two cholera patients admitted in isolation at Naguru hospital on Monday this week have vanished without a trace, according to reports.

The two patients escaped from the facility without completing their treatment.

They were identified as Nalongo and John all residents of Kabowa, according to Emmanuel Ainebyoona, the senior public relations officer Ministry of Health.

Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) officials visited Kabowa to assess the situation and sensitise the residents on the outbreak.

The KCCA team also banned food vending in the area citing heaps of garbage and open stinking drainage.

The residents blamed the cholera outbreak on KCCA failure to monitor hygiene and sanitation issues in Kampala.

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