Hundreds dead in raging cholera outbreak

cholera outbreakFrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – AT least 462 people have died in the conflict-torn Democratic Republic of Congo following a cholera outbreak sweeping through Central and West Africa.
The deaths from more than 16 539 cases reported so far this year represents 94 percent of the overall incidence in the regions.
This follows a major epidemic reported mainly in the North Kivu province, which is the epicentre of the conflict between rebel groups and the government.
In the region, health delivery services have come to a standstill owing to the conflict.
Civilians have been forced to flee their homes, adding to the tens of thousands already living in camps for internally displaced people.
Meanwhile, In West Africa, similarly to 2016, several countries report sporadic cases.
Terror-ridden Nigeria is also battling a severe outbreak of the water borne disease with 20 deaths recorded from 809 cases this year.
Liberia, a hotspot for diseases, is also affected with six deaths from 129 cases.
There have also been outbreaks in Cameroon, Ghana and Ivory Cast but no casualties have been reported. Overall, 488 deaths have been reported from 17 548 cases in the affected regions.
The United Nations Children’s Fund stressed the need for increasing vigilance and implementing preventative measures in the current at-risk seasonal period.
“This highlights the importance of regular information exchange within countries sharing the same epidemiological basin.”

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