By Derrick Wadria
As the government fights hard to curb the continuous spread of Covid-19 which has halted many businesses and social works, we should not sit back and wait of when all will come to an end as many are likely to be exposed to cholera.
With the recent heavy rains across the country leading to flooding of water bodies and Uganda’s biggest lake Victoria, we could be heading for more tougher times if this is not quickly looked at by the authorities.
Peter Mutibwa a businessman at Kasenyi said that the war still continues since the water levels are also increasing witmh the daily rain pour around Entebbe and other parts of the country.
“Everyone is aware that most factories dispose their waste in water bodies and now with the increasing water levels that have displaced people let’s not celebrate that we are soon to end the covid pandemic yet we still have a scare of cholera,” said Mutibwa
Mutibwa who owns a small retail shop at Kasenyi told our sources that Cholera could be the next big outbreak even after fighting Covid-19 and has urged the public to take caution.
“The public should know that we are likely to face cholera outbreak since the water levels have risen to our house holds, now some people might as well be using this as a way of even disposing their domestic waste, therefore let’s take caution and drink clean treated or boiled water,” added Mutibwa.
Cholera is an acute diarrhoeal disease that can kill within hours if left untreated which researchers have estimated that each year there are 1.3 million to 4.0 million cases of cholera, and 21 000 to 143 000 deaths worldwide.
A person can get cholera by drinking water or eating food contaminated with the cholera bacterium. In an epidemic, the source of the contamination is usually the feces of an infected person that contaminates water and/or food
But however, provision of safe water and sanitation is critical to control the transmission of cholera and other waterborne diseases.