The Chadian government made it clear on Thursday, that more than 50 people have died following the declaration of outbreak of cholera by the authorities.
Authorities declared a cholera outbreak which led to the institution of a CRISIS COMMITTEE to monitor and observe the situation and to strengthen cooperation with partners such as Medical Charity Doctors without borders(MSF) and the UN children’s agency UNICEF.
Djabar mentioned that the outbreak is confined to the region of Sila near the border with Sudan and the Central Africa republic.
Though the Health Minister said the situation was under control, 19 cases and two deaths were recorded in the neighbouring region of Salamat.
The presence of cholera virus in the East of the country in mid-August following two deaths from acute diarrhoea and vomiting, was discovered by the health authorities. The cholera virus which can kill within a few hours if left untreated, regularly affects the east and the Lake chad basin.
A similar outbreak was also discovered in Borno state, Nigeria in mid-August and has since spread mainly to camps for those displaced by Boko haram insurgency.
According to the United Nations, at least 44people have died of the disease in Northeast of the country. There are also 1.3 to 4million case of cholera every year and 21000 -143000 deaths due to the disease in a survey by WHO.
News Correspondent at Core Magazine
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