Dysentery breaks out in Burundi's eastern Ruyigi Province

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Twenty-one cases of bacillary dysentery have been reported in Burundi's eastern Province of Ruyigi, health officials told Xinhua on Thursday.

"Two of the six communes of the Province of Ruyigi are most affected ones. These are namely the communes of Bweru and Butezi where 18 and 3 cases where respectively reported early this week", Dr. Celestin Sibomana, head of the health department in the Province of Ruyigi told Xinhua on Thursday on the phone. Dr. Sibomana said three villages in Bweru are the worst affected, adding that the victims of dysentery are under intense medical care at Kayongozi clinic.

He said that one village is the most affected in Butezi, and that victims are at Butezi Hospital.

Dr. Celestin Sibomana said drugs against bacillary dysentery are available to contain the disease.

"We are not worried about containing the disease (dysentery) because we have enough drugs in our stocks and enough qualified medical staff to deploy to affected villages", he said.

Dr. Celestin Sibomana blamed dysentery outbreak in Ruyigi on insufficient latrines and water at market places and in restaurants. "To curb the disease, we have begun a large scale sensitization, telling the population to respect hygiene rules", Dr. Sibomana said.

Source: Xinhua


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