April 13, 2024

Ministry Of Health confirms over 700 cases of red eyes disease

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The Ministry of Health has confirmed a total of 790 cases of conjunctivitis (red eye disease) cumulatively diagnosed in the affected schools and prison facilities in Kampala and surrounding areas.

However, 711 cases have been declared recovered, giving a recovery rate of 90%.

However, this outbreak has been identified in several schools in Uganda’s capital, Kampala, and eight prison facilities in the affected divisions of Nakawa and Rubaga within Kampala district.

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According to Dr. Daniel Kyabayinze from the Ministry of Health, the affected prisons include Luzira Upper Prison, Murchison Bay Prison, Kassanda Prison, Kaweeri Prison, and Lira Main Prison, among others.

The Ministry said in a statement that’ “as per surveillance and laboratory reports, some suspected cases have been reported within the schools. Samples from suspected individuals have been collected for bacterial and viral laboratory testing within Uganda. As of March 14, 2024, a total of 954 cumulative cases were registered, with an incidence of 353.”

In conclusion, Dr. Daniel said joint surveillance efforts between the Kampala Capital City Authority and the Ministry of Health are actively underway.

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