Urgent: Health alert, Cholera is gaining ground in Cameroon

Urgent: Health alert, Cholera is gaining ground in Cameroon

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June 30, 2022 0

Urgent: Health alert, Cholera is gaining ground in Cameroon

Cholera is common in Cameroon. The country has been grappling with the cholera epidemic since October 21, 2021. In November 2021, it killed 13 people in Yaoundé and Ekondo-Titi, a coastal town northwest of Douala. Illness results from drinking contaminated water or food. But since then the disease has flared up and is now reaching incredible numbers.

In total, seven regions out of 10 in Cameroon are affected by the cholera vibrio. The country recorded as of June 22, 2022, 8810 confirmed cases of cholera including 164 deaths. The epidemic, which appeared at the end of October 2021 in certain regions, has spread and more than half a year later, it continues to progress. Four of the seven regions concerned continue to register new patients. These are the Centre, the Littoral, the West and the South-West.

The South West region alone accounts for almost half of the total number of deaths and cases of sick people.

“The incidence rate is increasing day by day,” says Dr. Filbert Eko Eko, Public Health Delegate for the South West Region of Cameroon. “In addition to being a region scarred by the Anglophone crisis, the South West region is a border region with Nigeria,” he said. Therefore, “it is difficult to control people crossing the maritime border. This landlocked area makes it difficult for people to access health kits,” he explains.

“The cholera epidemic generally starts during the dry season, which implies a priori a problem of lack of water. We have to provide drinking water to the community. We also need to check their sanitary conditions, especially the disposal of faeces”.

“The main means of supply remains the main source of water, for those who cannot afford to buy mineral water or water from the borehole”, he says.

He reveals that he spent the sum of about two million FCFA to build his borehole. This amount represents a fortune for a village made up of a mostly poor population.

According to the ministerial department in charge of Health, investigations are continuing in the affected localities. The general objective is to reduce the proliferation of this contagious disease.

These details come from the presentation of the Minister of Public Health Malachie Manaouda during the Cabinet Council. This monthly government conclave was chaired by Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute in the auditorium of his services on Tuesday June 28, 2022.

Apart from the intervention of the Minsanté, the Minister of Finance Louis-Paul Motazeand the one in charge of the Economy Alamine Ousmane Mey also exhibited. The first on the main orientations and budgetary priorities of the State for the period 2023-2025. The second concerns the hypothesis of the medium-term investment framework of the State.

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