Scored killed in fresh cholera crisis
From JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – THE death of 13 people from a cholera outbreak in the Central African Republic (CAR) is compounding an already dire situation with civilians enduring war and displacement.
The reported cases are mainly from villages along the river bordering Democratic Republic of Congo’s Equateur province where the index case fell sick after travel from DRC.Deaths from the water-bourne disease have been confirmed in Bangui, Damara and Djoujou cities.
These are along the banks of the Oubangui River.
A mobile Médecins Sans Frontières/ Doctors without Borders team is conducting water source treatment and community engagement activities in villages along the river.
World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Ministry of Health and Sanitation have activated a cholera control command facility within the country’s existing Emergency Operational Centre in response to the epidemic.WHO is also assisting the DRC to respond to a cholera outbreak in the provinces of Equateur, Tshopo and Mongala.
Cholera is endemic in DRC. Dr Michel Yao, WHO representative to CAR, said continuing crisis in the region had worsened existing challenges with disease surveillance.
– CAJ News
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