Rampaging cholera kills thousands in conflict zones

choleraFrom ADANE BIKILA in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
ADDIS ABABA, (CAJ News) – A deadly cholera outbreak has killed about 300 000 people in some conflict-torn African countries and Yemen in recent years.
Among the worst affected are Ethiopia, Somalia and South Sudan while an outbreak has been reported in Kenya.
Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council said conflicts had ruined health sectors and public water and sanitation networks, worsening the spread.
“Cholera in 2017 is easily preventable and should belong only in the history books. Its return as a major killer today is an outrage,” he said on Monday.
The spread of the water borne disease has peaked this year.
Yemen is worst hit with cholera having claimed 1 500 lives in the past two months.
In Ethiopia, 780 people have died while in Kenya, four people have succumbed to the disease since May.
Somalia is experiencing its largest outbreak in five years, with 763 deaths.
In South Sudan, 163 people have died.
The death toll is highest among children.
“Civilians, many of them children, are not dying from war wounds but from a preventable disease,” Egeland lamented.
CAJ News

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