Military joins fight to contain typhoid

KAMPALA. — The Ugandan military has joined the fight against a typhoid outbreak in the capital Kampala that has killed two people and left hundreds of others hospitalised. Lieutenant Colonel Paddy Ankunda, the military spokesman told Xinhua by telephone that the military medical team joined the ministry of health and Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) health workers in the treatment of typhoid patients at Kisenyi Health Center IV, the designated treatment centre.

The centre, which registers at least 100 suspected cases daily, has so far treated and attended to over 2 000 typhoid patients in the past month when the outbreak was reported.

“We are concerned by the increasing cases of typhoid. As per our responsibility, our medical team has joined hands and partnered with healthcare workers in the treatment, increasing awareness and sensitisation of the public on how to control the disease,” said Ankunda.”

“Health is one of the key aspects of security which sustains social and economic transformation of our people. A sick population can’t deliver,” he added.

The ministry of health has in the last three weeks mounted an aggressive response against the typhoid outbreak in the capital Kampala and the neighbouring districts of Wakiso and Mukono. — Xinhua.