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Namugongo cholera tests turn positive

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.

Pilgrims at Namungongo

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.


0 #1 Wooden K. 2018-06-05 17:40

Really , really really ? The first thing you publish about the great Namugongo celebration is about CHORELA ?

Show some respect . Namugongo was more than a cholera case.

SHAME ON YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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0 #2 Akot 2018-06-05 18:56
It's high time the Pope helps Ugandans upgrade & make Namugongo & surrounding area a developed one so that there are lodges, hotels, places for tents, toilets...& emergency service at time of pilgrimge!
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0 #3 Phalanch 2018-06-05 23:44
Quoting Wooden K.:

Really , really really ? The first thing you publish about the great Namugongo celebration is about CHORELA !

My friend don't take it personal , Is chorela or ebola out break in Uganda new to U ? or the truth is hard for U to take ? .

In fact this is a red big flag raised & an advantage to the general public to look out for any signs of the disease so as to seek treatment as soon as possible , What is wrong with that??
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0 #4 Kent Mawa 2018-06-05 23:53
Akot shoould give credit where it is due.

The Catholic Church in Uganda has done wonders in Namugongo , Slowly but surely , Namugongo has been developed into a modern place of open-air worship place that is like no other East ¢ral Africa.

All this has been done without the Popes help. All those things Akot is talking about are there .

We should not forget that Namugongo is also a residential area with private homes that cannot just converted into Hotels.

In any case , it is not viable to accomodate 3 million people who gather up for there or less days in a year.

Rain ?

why not !

The whole idea of prigrimage to Namugongo is about enduring all kinds of elements .
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0 #5 Kent Mawa 2018-06-05 23:59
I am also dissappointed that Observer chose to highlight cholera .

An event that hosts the largest commiunity of worshipers in Africa and deserves more coverage than Observer has given it.
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0 #6 Wooden K. 2018-06-06 11:34
Good afternoon Phalanch !

You my friend did not understand what I wrote.

Let me simplify it for you like this : two weeks ago , there was a huge royal wedding in UK. It was covered world-wide and shown live on TVs

Try to imagine a paper such as The SUN or
The Mirror waited for three days without writing anything about the even only to come out with a headline about yobs who punched each because of an argument about the black bride.

ONE single case of cholera is NOT the only "truth" that Observer should have picked up in Namugongo.

2.99999999 million prigrimes went and left Namugongo healthy .

Do you understand now ?
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0 #7 Phalanch 2018-06-06 15:26
Gd Day Wooden K

All is well ma friend, One thing that is clear to me , In ur defence this is about national image of what a cholera case wld bring about.

I can understand ur concern ,however Uganda's image has been tarnished in very many bad ways than a cholera case headline .
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0 #8 Wooden K. 2018-06-06 18:27
I hope you are still fit Dr. Phalanch .

If you want to promote Ugands tarnished image , you do not do it by writing only about cholera when such a big event has just ended successefully.

In Namugongo , there were all tribes , all nationalities that had gathered to pray. Some walked on foot from Kenya , Rwanda , Congo , S/Sudan . Others flew in from South Africa , Nigeria , USA, and other parts of the world .

Japanese , Chinese and Europeans were there taking and sending live pictures back to their people.
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0 #9 Wooden K. 2018-06-06 18:28
The choir from Tororo had 460 members from 12 different tribes. They sung in 7 languages .

At the Protestant side , political rivals shook hands, sat on the same line and sung from the same hymn book.

All in all , Namugongo has become one of the largest religious gatherings in the world behind the one in Mecca .

With all the above and more , Observer selects a picture of prigrims with a headline : "NAMUGONGO CHOLERA" ??

Shiah !

What kind of image that the above photo and headline give to Uganda ?

You tell me that.
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