The ministry of health has confirmed that more than 26 people have died due to the current cholera outbreak in Hoima District.
The outbreak which has affected the refugee settlements of Kyaka and Kyangwali started earlier this month.
State Minister of Health for General Duties Dr. Sarah Opendi Achieng says the ministry has set up special isolation camp for all affected people.
She explains that most of the affected refugees caught the disease as they trekked from their countries to Uganda. Dr. Opendi further warns that if other Ugandans in different parts of the country do not practice proper sanitation, the disease could spread very fast.
“I urge people to wash their hands after using the toilet and before eating food, drink boiled water, especially during this rainy season, and practice proper hygiene in homes” she said.
The minister further explained to the media, that they are working hand in hand with the office of the prime minister and UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, in Kyaka and Kyangwali refugee settlements to end the outbreak.
She further revealed that government is working on a cholera vaccine.