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Cholera: Cameroon Records Over 45 Deaths in One Month

Cholera

Cholera epidemic in Cameroon has already claimed 243 lives since October 2021 out of a total of 11,993 notified cases, according to the latest data revealed on 29th September 2022, by Minister of Public Health Manaouda Malachie.

Government official states in release “The response to curb the disease is based on thorough investigations, household disinfection and community awareness activities. At the same time, the free care of patients continues as well as vaccination in some health districts,” according to a government statement issued at the end of the Cabinet meeting on 29 September. The Prime Minister, Joseph Dion Ngute, has instructed the Ministry of Public Health to improve the rate of vaccination coverage against the disease and to intensify community awareness activities regarding this “health emergency“.

This instruction comes at a time when the World Health Organisation (WHO) is sounding an alarm on cholera. “After years of decline, we are seeing a worrying resurgence of cholera outbreaks worldwide over the past year. Not only are there more outbreaks, but the outbreaks themselves are larger and more deadly,” said WHO’s Team Leader for Cholera and Diarrhoeal Epidemic Diseases, Philippe Barboza, at a press briefing in Geneva.

Extreme weather events such as floods, cyclones and droughts further reduce access to safe water and create an ideal environment for cholera to thrive. As the effects of climate change intensify, we can expect the situation to worsen if we do not act now to boost cholera prevention,” he added.



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