UNICEF urges establishment of regional early warning system against cholera

A regional early warning system against cholera should be established among member states of the Great Lakes region, Sophie Leonard, head of health and nutrition at the UNICEF offices in Burundi said recently.

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Some cholera patients receiving treatment on benches
Some cholera patients receiving treatment on benches

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).

cholera She said a regional approach that places emphasis on prevention and treatment was necessary for better control of recurrent cholera epidemics.

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

Source: Xinhua

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