Tests taken from a pilgrim at Namugongo Martyrs’ Shrine suspected to be suffering from cholera have turned out positive. On Sunday, the pilgrim from Mbale, was taken to the isolation unit at the Naguru hospital after developing signs of cholera.
Vivian Nakalika Sserwanja, ministry of Health spokesperson now says that tests carried out confirmed cholera infection. She says that the patient has been referred to the cholera isolation unit at Mulago national referral hospital.
Sserwanja says that there is less possibility that other pilgrims could have contracted cholera.
“We really don’t think she had spread this to others because first of all she was detected early and there was no direct exposure – being not an airborne disease it was almost impossible for them to contract the disease without getting in contact with her directly or her faeces. And we did not register any other similar case so we’re convinced that since she was detected in good time, she did not pass it to anyone,” she said.
According to Sserwanja, the cholera response team at the ministry of Health has been coordinating with the surveillance teams in Mbale and neighbouring districts and have since visited the patient’s home in Mbale and none of the family members is suffering from cholera.
Cholera outbreaks were recently reported in Kampala, Amudat, Mbale and in refugee settlement camps of Kyangwali, Hoima District and Kyaka II in Kyegegwa District, where dozens of people, most of them Congolese refugees died.