80 year old and 6 months baby recover from cholera
The Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) working with Kasese District medical personnel and partners have managed to control the spread of cholera. Of the 93 cholera cases attended to at the Cholera Treatment Centres (CTC) in Bwera and Kayanzi since 22 October, 91 are alive.
When a team of Red Cross visited the Bwera CTC on 1 Dec, all the cholera patients had been discharged. One of the patients discharged on 1 Dec, an elderly woman was admitted at the centre while in comma. She was seen living the centre with a happy face and extended gratitude to the medical personnel and Red Cross volunteers for the care and treatment provided.
URCS deployed volunteers to senisitise and mobilise communities about the dangers of the disease and further provide health education. In addition, volunteers were also deployed at the two CTCs to support the medical personnel provide case management.
A report by Yosia Baluku, nursing assistant and in charge of Bwera CTC, the epidemic is mainly attributed to poor sanitation and personal hygiene in the community. He notes in the report that latrine coverage and usage is poor while hand washing in not properly practiced.
The most affected sub counties are Nyakiyumba with 66 cases, Mpondwe Ihubiriha 16, Karambi 4, Isango 3, Ihandiro 2, Bwera 1 and 1 patient from Kampala who travelled to Congo.
Baluku notes that all age groups have been affected by the epidemic with the lowest age being 6 months and highest 80 year old. The upsurge of cholera cases was also attributed to lack of clean water and proper sanitation facilities coupled with the current heavy rains and high population movement from neighboring countries.
A cholera kit was dispatched from URCS central warehouse in Kampala to boost case management in the district. One cholera kit can serve 1, 200 patients. The fluids and antibiotics will be administered by the Kasese District health workers.
A cholera kit provides the basic materials to administer oral rehydration treatment within a community or through established Oral Rehydration Units. It includes Acqua tablets for safe drinking water, gloves, ORS salts and containers. URCS trained volunteers will support the district health workers to administer ORS.
Hygiene promotion is an essential element in reducing the spread of diarrhoeal diseases, thus a booklet on basic hygiene education messages is also included in the kit.
URCS Kasese Branch conducted a joint assessment with the district health office which highlighted the magnitude of the emergency and is guiding the disease control actions.
Kasese district extended a request for support to the URCS and partners to join in the disease control efforts in the most needed and lacking areas of health education, supplies and personnel support for case management.