Rising cholera crisis claims hundreds in Tanzania

Tanzanian citizens battle cholera

Tanzanian citizens battle cholera

from ALLOYCE KIMBUNGA in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania
DAR-ES-SALAAM, (CAJ News) A resurgent cholera crisis has killed about 100 people in Tanzania over the past year.

The death of at least 99 victims during the period brings the death toll to 542, recorded since the breakout in August 2015.

Overall, some 33 421 cases of the water bourne have been reported across all 26 regions of the East African country. Last year, 4 985 outbreaks were recorded.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) of the United Nations (UN) said the resurgence of cases in Dar es Salaam, Dodoma Kigoma, Manyara, Mbeya,
Ruvuma and Rukwa regions for the first time since the beginning of the outbreak reflected the persisting risk for a cholera upsurge in many other regions.

Tanzania, with a population of 55 million, remains vulnerable to the late detection of cholera due to the weak surveillance systems.

Case management, community engagement and surveillance pillars still require strengthening for optimal outbreak response.

“If not addressed, further upsurge of cases may be observed throughout the country. The risk at national level is therefore high,” said a local WHO spokesperson.

Meanwhile, a minor outbreak in Malawi has been blamed in the crisis in Tanzania.

Malawi recently reported a cholera outbreak in Karonga.

This is attributed to e closure of fishing camps along the border with Malawi. This forced fishermen to move further south to Kyela, which borders Karonga.

– CAJ News




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