Uganda – Cholera Outbreak (DG ECHO, Ugandan Ministry of Health) (ECHO Daily Flash of 28 February 2018)
On 23 February 2018, the Ministry of Health issued a press release declaring a Cholera outbreak in the refugee settlements of Hoima and Kyegegwa Districts in the West and South West. There has been a massive cholera epidemic going on in Eastern Congo, and refugees arrive in a region in Uganda where cholera is endemic.
In Hoima, as of 26 February 2018, 1056 suspected cases with 29 deaths had been reported. As of 27 February 2018, 39 suspected and confirmed cases and 2 deaths were reported in Kyaka.
Cholera is a serious acute infectious disease characterized by watery diarrhoea, vomiting and kills a person within a few hours. It can be spread through eating and drinking foods contaminated with faeces of an infected person. Other factors responsible for its spread are also poor personal hygiene.
DG ECHO is monitoring the situation and support the Congolese refugees.Further support is being considered under the 2018 budget.