Two people infected with Acute Watery Diarrhea (AWD) have been treated as the disease reaches Ethiopia’s capital city after a year of absence.

Speaking to journalists on Wednesday, Abraham Tesfaye, senior official at Addis Ababa health bureau said the bureau is taking precautionary measures with religious institutions and other governmental health organizations to ensure the outbreak doesn’t spread to more people.

In July, Addis Ababa city Mayor Diriba Kuma had urged the 4 million residents of the city to keep vigilant against AWD outbreak with the onset of the rainy season which starts from June and continues until early September.

Last year, an outbreak of AWD in Addis Ababa and other regions in Ethiopia caused a health scare and led to the deaths of several people before a government supported health campaign eradicated it.

The city administration in particular is undertaking activities to clean up the highly polluted waters of Addis Ababa, preparing AWD recovery centers and undertaking extensive dry waste management schemes.

Already AWD outbreaks have been detected in Amhara, Somali and Tigray regional state with thousands treated for the disease.

The Ethiopian Ministry of Health also opened two 24/7 free phone hotlines 952 and 2385 where people can ask for treatment for AWD or give information on diarrhea outbreaks. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/Newsghana.com.gh


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