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Taxi operators hit by typhoid

18 February 2015, 21:37 Godfrey Olukya

Kampala - At least six taxi drivers in Kampala have died from typhoid fever, Kampala City Authority (KCCA) has confirmed.

According to KCCA health department official, Louis Ntale, the six drivers have died in the last three days.

''They were operating from Usafi park, new taxi Park and old taxi Park. It has been confirmed that 10 other drivers have been admitted in different hospitals in Kampala suffering from typhoid,''said Ntale.

Ntale attributed the spread of typhoid outbreak in the taxi parks to the poor hygiene and bad eating habits of the taxi operators.

''They eat food brought into the parks by women who cook it from slums. The slums are full of feaces and flies and therefore it is not surprising that food cooked from there is contaminated,'' he added.

He however assured Ugandans that the situation is under control, saying that KCCA is doing all it can to control the spread of typhoid in the city.

One of the leaders in old taxi park, Earnest Mulyowa said: ''We have lost our colleagues to typhoid. We often buy food from women who bring it from their homes. It is likely that they prepare it from dirty places.''

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