Uganda: Moyo strange illness cases rise to 88

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Moyo- The number of people affected by a strange illness in Moyo District has continued to rise, further complicating the task by health officials in discovering the actual disease.
By yesterday morning, the number of those admitted to Obongi Health Centre IV had reached 88, with more cases continuing to be reported.
Four people have so far died of the disease which manifests with symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting.
District health officials say they continue to face logistical challenges in containing the illness.

Mr Dominic Lumurecho, the district health inspector, has requested the Ministry of Health and other partners to provide them with materials and a film van for sensitising the masses.
“Due to the increasing number of new cases, we are currently experiencing shortage of isolation facilities such as tents, carpets, beddings and hand washing facilities,” Mr Lumurecho said.

Dr Joseph Arike, a doctor at Obongi Health Centre IV, said the disease took them by surprise but they have so far managed to contain its spread despite the meagre resources.
“We are yet waiting for response from the Ministry of Health about the disease outbreak,” he said.

Meanwhile, leaders in Obongi County have barred the residents from drinking water drawn from River Nile. They have also closed eating places deemed unhygienic and sanitation in public places has been stepped up.

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