The death toll from cholera cases in Kotido district in Karamoja sub-region has reached 11 people with three more deaths recorded within last week.
The area leadership is now calling for the ministry of Health’s intervention to increase community control measures. Kotido district chairperson Ambrose Lotukei said the district response system needs to be supported following the breakdown of their only two ambulances. He says that with no standby ambulance, the district authorities can hardly respond to any of the alerts from the communities.
West Division chairperson Peter Kaka Nangoro said that recent rains worsened the situation leading to flooding of homesteads and contamination of water sources. He says that the stagnant water was encouraging the spread of cholera and some households have been forced to seek shelter from relatives with homes on a raised surface.
“About 1500 households from different villages have been affected by flooding. They have been displaced to homes in high areas. We fear this could increase the spread of cholera and coronavirus disease because people are sharing housing,” Nangoro said.
He said they needed to be supported with beddings and food. Kotido district health officer Dr Serino Acar said there were only sufficient medicines at the two facilities to handle the situation for some two weeks.
Kotido is the second district in Karamoja to confirm a cholera outbreak this year after Moroto district where the ministry had to carry out a mass vaccination program targeting persons from 1 year and above. Over 60 people have been treated and discharged in Kotido since July when cholera was suspected.