Pallisa closes eating places
The Pallisa deputy resident commissioner, Ambrose Onoria, has suspended all eating kiosks and drinking joints in Kabwangasi sub-county. This was after the acting district health officer, Dr. David Okoth, disclosed that there was a cholera outbreak in Doko village, in Kabwangasi sub-county last week
BY LAWRENCE OKWAKOL
The Pallisa deputy resident commissioner, Ambrose Onoria, has suspended all eating kiosks and drinking joints in Kabwangasi sub-county. This was after the acting district health officer, Dr. David Okoth, disclosed that there was a cholera outbreak in Doko village, in Kabwangasi sub-county last week.
Dr. Okoth said the first victim got cholera after eating food from a kiosk on Budaka-Mbale Road.
The victim was later rushed to Busiu Treatment centre in Mbale district where he was treated and discharged.
Four other people from Doko village contracted the disease and were admitted to Namatala Treatment Centre in Mbale Municipality.
Dr. Okoth advised people to practise good hygiene like washing hands with clean water after visiting the toilet and drinking boiled water from recommended water sources.
He also advised them to avoid eating from roadside kiosks, drinking ajon (local brew) from unhygienic bars and dispose of human waste in the right way.
How cholera leads to death
Cholera is a bacterial infection that affects the small intestine, causing severe diarrhoea. The disease progresses in about three to six days, but if not treated, it can cause serious dehydration, kidney failure, coma, and even death.
Causes of cholera
Cholera is caused by a bacterium called Vibrio cholera. Once swallowed, it settles in the lining of the small intestine. Many bacteria die, and others are swept out, but the colony usually hangs around for a week or two. During that time, it releases a toxin (poison) that can cause the body to flush liquid into the small intestine, creating diarrhoea.
The bacteria that cause cholera are usually transmitted by water contaminated with human faeces. It can also be transmitted by eating contaminated food, especially raw or undercooked food. Most people infected with cholera have no symptoms, yet they carry the bacteria for a few weeks, excreting them slowly into the water supply.
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How to prevent
- Boil all water before drinking it.
- Wash and peel all fruit before eating.
- Keep flies away from food by covering it.
- Avoid ice cubes (unless they are made from purified water), ice cream and salads, which can easily be contaminated with bacteria.
- Cook all foods thoroughly and eat them while they are hot.
- Avoid foods and drinks from street vendors.
- Boarding schools should not allow cooked food coming from outside the school.
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