Tuesday , May 30 2023

DRC: Cholera makes more than 800 dead


Cholera has died from 857 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since the beginning of the year, according to statistics released Wednesday by the World Health Organization's (WHO) local office.

This epidemiological wave is particularly worsened by the awakening of calm cells in homes registered last year.

The most vulnerable populations are those living in "health zones bordering large rivers, as well as areas with a deficit in the drinking water supply system or with sanitation problems" of the WHO.

At least one case of cholera is reported in 21 out of 26 provinces in the country. The regions most affected by the disease are Kasai Oriental, Lomami in Central, South Kivu, Tanganyika and Upper Katanga in the east of the country.

Over the last year, cholera killed 1,190 people in the DRC for 55,000 cases. According to the VHO response plan, vaccination of high-risk populations is a preferred method.

The vaccination campaign will target more than six million people by 2020. In 2018, in addition to cholera, DRC faces the tenth outbreak of Ebola's hemorrhagic fever in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri.

As early as August 1st, Ebola killed 212 people. An epidemic hits the city of Beni, where a sanitary response complicates the killing of the armed group ADF.

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