May 20, 2024

Diarrhoea outbreak confirmed among flood victims in Dokolo

By Isaac Okello (isaac.okello@vol.co.ug)

Dokolo.

Flood victims in four villages of Agwata Town Council, Dokolo District have been hit by an outbreak of diarrhoea.

Dokolo District Health Officer, Dr Samuel Ojok confirmed the matter, citing the most affected villages as; Akwote A, Akwota B, Agerinono and Acoto in Kacung Eastern and Kacung Western Ward.

He has attributed the diarrhoea outbreak to drinking contaminated water by the flood victims.

Dr Ojok said health workers are conducting mass screening for diarrhoea in the area. 

He expressed fear that boreholes could be contaminated as a result of the floods.

Dr. Ojok added that he has reported the diarrhea outbreak in the area to ministry of health for response.

Last week, Dr Ojok told Voice of Lango that the district was liaising with ministry of health to distribute mosquito nets to those affected by the floods to mitigate malaria spread as a result of the floods.

Agwata Town Council chairman Tony Obel expressed fear that people have been displaced by the floods and are currently camping at Kacung P7 and Kacung Junior Primary school could be at more risk of contracting water borne diseases.