Cholera outbreak claims 22 lives in Somalia

Cholera outbreak

Twenty-two people have succumbed to acute watery diarrhea/cholera in Somalia’s Hiiraan region, bringing to 42 the death toll in less than a month in the African country, officials said on Saturday.

Mohamed Nour Aga Jof, governor of Jalalaqsi in the central region of Hiiraan said the death toll from the waterborne continues to rise despite the rollout of several interventions to help save lives.

“The disease has killed up to 22 people of different ages and more than 70 people have since been infected. We have treated more than 150 people and sent them back to their homes but the number of patients is rising,” Aga Jof said.

He said the humanitarian situation in Hiiraan and surrounding towns and villages is critical.

“The medical supplies we have are not sufficient for the patients and we do not even have what to feed those who are in the hospitals,” said Aga Jof.

He called on the federal government and international humanitarian agencies to deliver urgent help to the town before the situation worsens.

Medical sources said the diarrheal outbreak is now at epidemic levels as new patients are increasingly being admitted to nearby hospitals.

The outbreak follows major floods in central and southern regions in November 2019, which have displaced over 300,000 people. Enditem

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