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Suspected Cholera Kills 8 People in Kotido

Another 46 people have been treated and discharged with similar symptoms, according to health authorities in the district. 11 of these are still receiving treatment at Kanawat and Kotido Health Centre IV where the district authorities have established treatment centres. However, the health ministry had not confirmed an outbreak of Cholera in the district.

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At least eight people have died in Kotido after showing Cholera-like signs and symptoms over the last month. One of the deaths was recorded at Kotido Health Centre IV, while seven were community cases, according to District Health Officer Dr Serino Acar.

Another 46 people have been treated and discharged with similar symptoms, according to health authorities in the district. 11 of these are still receiving treatment at Kanawat and Kotido Health Centre IV where the district authorities have established treatment centres. However, the health ministry had not confirmed an outbreak of Cholera in the district.

Dr Acar explains that the district has not been able to send more confirmatory samples to the Ministry of Health because of inadequate resources. He explains that Kotido district is struggling to deliver valid samples needed within 24 hours because of logistical challenges while any reported cases are immediately put on treatment.

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Dr Acar said that most of the suspected cases came from Kotido and Panyangara Sub Counties. However, last week, the district recorded two more deaths in Rom–Rom ward in West Division in Kotido Municipality.

The Interim LC III Chairperson of West Division, Peter Kaka Nangiro has identified the deceased as Lucia Lokol, 50, and Napam Chilla, 36, both wives to 59-year-old Ngole Longolekongu of Meri-Wala village. He said both cases died on their way to Kanawat Health Centre III. 

The Kotido Resident District Commissioner, Peter Logiro said they have already formed a Cholera District Taskforce to address the situation. Health authorities are currently, sensitizing communities on the best practices to avoid the spread of cholera. Cholera can spread through eating food or drinking water contaminated with germs that cause the disease.

Once confirmed, Kotido will be the fourth district in Karamoja to suffer from Cholera this year after Moroto, Nabilatuk and Napak, where the outbreak has been contained according to the Ministry of Health.

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