No end in sight to Tanzania’s cholera outbreak

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Sunday there was still no end in sight to the five-month outbreak of cholera in Tanzania, which has spread to 21 regions and killed more than 200 people.

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Rufaro Chatora, WHO representative for Tanzania, said efforts by public health authorities in the east African country to halt the spread of the bacterial disease must go in tandem with huge investments in overhauling the sanitation system and educating the public on the basic hygiene practices.

Cholera outbreak
Cholera outbreak
The WHO envoy’s remarks on the cholera situation in the country came at a time when more than 13,000 suspected cases with the water-borne disease, have been documented so far.

“It is still complex to stop completely the resurgence of new cases of people with cholera under the current state of sanitation in most rural and urban areas,” said the envoy.

He added: “It might require more time, perhaps months, and more investment in sanitation improvement to be able to tame the outbreak.”

Chatora said the world health agency had until recently spent over 1 million U.S. dollars in helping the Tanzanian government authorities to tackle the outbreak but warned that there were still chances for the disease to continue occurring – blaming it also on the laxity of communities in ensuring proper hygiene.

“The government authorities will need to ensure that whatever kind of water that people drink is clean and safe. Water suppliers must treat it with chlorine,” he said, adding that most cases of cholera were attributed to unhygienic water sources in the country.

Hamis Kigwangala, Tanzanian Deputy Minister for Health, said recently the government had already deployed a team of experts in the most affected regions, including Simiyu, Mara, Morogoro, Manyara, Singida, Arusha and Mwanza. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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