Kasese cholera patients punished for negligence


Kasese district authorities have started punishing residents who do not have toilets and other sanitary facilities.

Kasese district secretary for social services John Businge said the spread of the disease had been contained. The district authorities had instituted punitive measures against patients of preventable disease.

“As a district, we have decided to treat the affected persons and punish them as they get discharged. For sure, why should one suffer from cholera simply because he or she has failed to construct a pit- latrine,” Mr Businge said this week.

“We have so far arrested two family heads and sent them to Rusese prison because they failed to construct pit-latrines and their families suffered from the preventable disease,” he said.

He added that the district would continue punishing them and charging them with family neglect and being a public nuisance until they appreciate the importance of hygiene in their homesteads.

The district was hit by cholera two weeks ago.
The outbreak was confirmed at the Uganda-DR Congo border town of Mpondwe-Lhuburiha where 16 patients were admitted to Bwera Hospital. No death was reported.

Bwera hospital administrator Pedson Buthalha said only three patients were left in the isolation ward by March 28.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor


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