With the current rainy season and the worsening slum conditions in and around Kampala district, the city didn’t wait long to face another cholera outbreak. Since February this year, most parts of the country have been struggling with cholera as a result of heavy rains. On Friday 4th May 2018, the Ministry of Health in Uganda declared another cholera outbreak in Kampala.
The Ministry of Health tested samples of the suspected cases and over 8 (eight) cases turned out positive. The affected persons were admitted at Naguru referral hospital and an isolation center was set up to handle the victims. Cholera is believed to have started in Makindye division when the index case reported at Kiruddu Hospital. Some cases however have been traced from Kalerwe, Wakiso and Mpigi districts. “We have admitted seven patients since Friday. We have however not received any other cholera cases since. We have also not yet registered any death and all the patients are responding well to treatment” said Dr. Henry Mwebesa, the Acting Director General Health Services Ministry of Health.
Since the start of the year, 400 measles cases, including 14 deaths, were reported as of 20 May compared to 205 cases and one death over the same period in 2017. Three districts have reached the epidemic threshold.
In addition, 218 meningitis cases and 34 deaths were recorded as of 20 May. Over the same period in 2017, 181 cases including 16 deaths were reported. Infections in Zour district in the northern Tibesti region reached epidemic levels in early May, while Goundi district in the south remains in alert phase.
However, after a peak in March and April, the number of cases reported per week is decreasing.