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Cholera Outbreak in Cameroon : Situation Under Control

The Minister of Public Health assured Cameroonians during a press conference yesterday. After a working visit to the Far North Region from August 11 to 13, to evaluate the evolution of the cholera outbreak that continue to rock that part of the country, Ministers, Andre Mama Fouda of Public Health and Michael Ngako Tomdjio of Water and Energy Resources have assured Cameroonians and victims in particular that the fight against cholera is on and under control. The members of Government, accompanied by Issa Tchiroma Bakary of Communication in a press conference yesterday said Government is not relenting efforts to eradicate the illness. Preventive measures like disinfecting wells, bore holes are ongoing in the affected zones, Minister André Mama Fouda said. The health boss who doubles as the National President for the fight against cholera added that, teams are on the field, attending to victims, while measures are underway to rehabilitate water points.

The representative of the World Health Organisation, Dr. Charlotte Fatou Ndiaye said the organisation has already dispatched three anti cholera kits to the Region, able to take care of over 3000 people.

Minister Michael Ngako Tomdjio, revealed that government is working out strategies with two development partners, Camwater and the African Development Bank to put an end to the recurrent water shortage in most parts of the country, with emphasis in the Far North. The water borne epidemy, since it started three months ago, has killed 222 people in the Far North. In a Region where only 5% of the population has access to toilets, 29 % to potable water, and heavy rainfall, the Ministers said the challenge is daunting, and only synergy between the government, local communities, development partners and civil society organisations can combat the epidemy. According to statistics, 2849 cases have been recorded so far, 2460 completely treated and 222 deaths confirmed. Women and children are said to be the most touched. A cholera epidemy in 2004 touched 5241 in Douala the economic capital, 1300 in Bafoussam in 2005 and 369 in the Far North Region in 2009.

Victorine BIY

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