Speaking to Xinhua in an interview, Leonard said credible information released recently had revealed suspected cases of an upsurge of cholera in Burundi and in some neighbouring countries such as Tanzania and Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo).
In general, she said, whenever cases of cholera are declared in DR Congo or Tanzania, given the movement of people along the common borders of these countries, there’s always a greater risk of the disease spreading to Burundi.
In a plan to improve response, UNICEF-Burundi is in the process of providing mobile phones to officials at health centers in provinces with high risk of a cholera outbreak to report in real time any suspected cholera cases.
In July this year, Burundi witnessed an upsurge of cholera cases, caused by the refugees returning from Tanzania where they had fled to after the outbreak of a political crisis in April 2015. Enditem