Somalia collaborates with WHO on Cholera

Somalia collaborates with WHO on Cholera

The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Somali government have launched cholera vaccination campaigns targeting 460,000 people, where diarrhoeal has killed 618 people this year.

The WHO said a vaccination campaign targeting 224,000 people was launched in Baidoa in the south-west of Somalia, while 31,674 cases of cholera have been registered.

The UN organisation also said that a concurrent vaccination campaign is targeting 239,000 people in the south-eastern Middle Shebelle region.

The WHO has been implemented in other high-risk areas.

The cholera outbreak is attributed largely to the drought hitting the  country, where more than six million people face food insecurity.

“Lack of access to clean water and hygiene, food insecurity and malnutrition caused by drought has increased cases of cholera,” the WHO said.

Cholera is an acute diarrhoeal infection caused by ingestion of contaminated food or water.

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