Disease outbreaks continue to ravage country
By Agatha Ayebazibwe
Posted Sunday, April 15 2012 at 00:00

At least five disease outbreaks have been reported in different parts of the country over the last three months as the National Disease Control Programme continues to grapple with poor funding to effectively carry out surveillance.

Cholera, meningitis, hepatitis B, measles, and nodding disease syndrome have hit the country yet funding to the sector remains low.
Cholera reported in the east and western districts last month has killed about 30 people and left 256 hospitalised while measles outbreak in the central districts has killed two children dead and 60 others are still admitted to various health centres.

Hepatitis B, which is the latest outbreak recorded in Teso, has so far killed two people while 17 people have been diagnosed with the infection in Kumi and Serere districts.

In Oyam and Anuru, where hepatitis B has also been reported, about 16 people have died of meningitis in the past three weeks. Some 358 cases have also been recorded.