MOYO. Days after the Ministry of Health declared Yellow Fever outbreak in Moyo, 15 more suspected cases have been reported in the district.
Of the 15 cases, health officials said 13 are believed to have come in contact with the two death cases earlier confirmed in Logoba parish, Moyo sub-county.
Speaking during an emergency meeting organized by the resident district commissioner (RDC), Mr Angelo Otritia, the Moyo district surveillance officer said blood samples of those admitted in different health facilities across the district have been collected and taken to Kampala for further examination.
He said this includes the blood sample of a death case registered in Erepi, Metu sub-county on Friday last week.
Dr. Jacob Oluma of medical team international said two refugees; 11-year-old girl and a 32-year-old male adult at Palorinya refugee settlement in Obongi district were on Monday also admitted after presenting signs and symptoms of Yellow Fever.
He said similarly, their blood samples were taken to Kampala for further examination.
According to Mr. Francis Kizza, a clinical officer at Moyo General Hospital, the district hospital is incapacitated to contain the alarming situation due to lack of logistics and other equipment to manage the disease despite setting up an isolation unit with two bed capacity.
He said the district has only one functional Ambulance with little standby amount of fuel.
Kizza added that the district has well trained village health team members who are willing to disseminate information to the communities about the disease if only they can be facilitated.
Mr Sam JB Asusi, the Moyo district vice chairperson who doubles as the secretary for health urged the public to adhere to the basic principles of health such as sleeping under mosquito nets, reporting suspected cases and avoiding contact with dead bodies among others so as to contain the disease.
He said previously, the district successfully managed other deadly diseases like Ebola and Cholera though it’s the first of its kind to register Yellow Fever cases in the history of Moyo district.
Mr Michael Adrawa, the assistant district health officer called for multi-disciplinary approach of creating awareness on the disease.
Meanwhile Mr Goffin Gore, the Moyo deputy RDC appealed for calm among the local communities as the Ministry of Health plans for necessary steps to manage the situation. He urged locals to desist from staying outside for long in the night.
Yellow Fever is a disease transmitted through bites of mosquitoes infected by the Yellow Fever virus (flavivirus).
Its symptoms include; high fever, headache, general body aches, fatigue, vomiting, blood in urine or stool and or yellow discolouration of skin and or eyes.