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Mbale Prisons Hit by Dysentery

Juma Edward Nyongesa, the Mbale District Disease Surveillance Focal Person, says a medical team moved to the prisons following an alert from the management.

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At least 61 inmates at Malukhu prisons in Mbale district are being treated for dysentery, URN has learnt.

Juma Edward Nyongesa, the Mbale District Disease Surveillance Focal Person, says a medical team moved to the prisons following an alert from the management.

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He says after conducting confirmatory tests at Mbale Regional Referral Hospital the affected inmates were immediately enrolled on treatment to contain the spread of the disease.

Dysentery presents with blood stained stool, vomiting, dehydration and fever among others. According to Nyongesa, the inmates are being treated with Flagyl tablets and intravenous fluids.

The Uganda Prison Spokesperson, Frank Baine told URN on phone that he wasn't aware of the problem. He promised to get in touch with URN after getting an update from prison authorities in Mbale.

Some of inmates blamed the crisis on use of unsafe water because of the water crisis in Mbale. On Tuesday afternoon, National Water and Sewerage Corporation delivered to water to the facility to save the situation.