Uganda Image/Robert Herriman
Image/Robert Herriman

The Uganda Ministry of Health is reporting is an active Cholera outbreak in parts of Kampala City. A total of 7 cases have been confirmed and are currently undergoing treatment at China-Uganda Friendship Hospital (CUFH), Naguru. Three of these cases are from one family residing in Mpigi District while the other four are from two families residing in Kalerwe in Kampala City.

To prevent the further spread of the disease, two isolation wards have been set up at; Mulago National Referral Hospital and CUFH-Naguru.

Uganda is currently experiencing heavy rains which are likely to result in floods and contamination of water sources because of poor hygiene and sanitation, and high-water table in certain districts.

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The Ministry of Health has announced an outbreak of measles in 26 districts across the country, according to a Monitor-Uganda report. Health minister Jane Aceng named the most affected districts as Amuru in northern Uganda, and Kamuli, Mbale, and Butebo in the east of the country.

Dr Aceng, while addressing Alebtong District leaders at the council hall on Wednesday, said: “We already have 26 districts with measles outbreak, so DHO [district health officers] need to wake up and intensify routine vaccination for measles. The most affected group are children under five years.”

She said the government, in collaboration with development partners, would carry out mass immunization of all children under five years against the disease.