From RAJI BASHIR in Khartoum, Sudan
KHARTOUM, (CAJ News) – AN outbreak of cholera has killed more than 650 Sudanese over the past year.
The death toll is from 30 762 reported cases since the outbreak in August 2016.
All 18 states are affected in Africa’s third largest country by size.
Based on the attack rate projections by the ministry of health and World Health Organisation (WHO), another 36 000 to 40 000 cases are expected over the next six to nine months .
The water borne disease is affecting all demographics, with females constituting 54 percent of the cases and children under five years of age accounting for over 8 percent.
In order to control the current outbreak, the health ministry is leading government efforts and working closely with WHO, the United Nations Children’s Fund and partners to minimise the spread of the disease.
Activities include public health capacity-building, case management, medicine and medical supplies delivery, water quality control, vector control, hygiene and sanitation promotion and community engagement beside ensuring chlorination of water.
During the past week, WHO supported 14 treatment centres serving about 1,4 million people in nine states in collaboration with the FMoH.
Several new treatment centres have additionally been established in South Darfur.
– CAJ News