As Bauchi state in Nigeria battles cholera, the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Thursday said 36 refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) died of cholera in February in Uganda.

In the statement, WHO said the cumulative number of reported cases is now 1,747, with 36 deaths, since Feb. 23, when the outbreak in the refugee settlements in the southwestern districts of Hoima and Kyegegwa was declared.

The world body said on Monday, 20 new patients were admitted to the Cholera Treatment Centres.

Most of these were new arrivals that just fled the ethnic violence between the Lendu and Hema in DRC’s northeastern Ituri Province.

The WHO said it has assisted the district health team to streamline the process of identifying, reporting, and recording cases leading to regular and standardised situation reports.

WHO noted that the DRC’s health ministry and district authorities are working closely with UN High Commissioner for Refugees, UNICEF, Uganda Red Cross Society, and other partners.

The UN said some 50,000 refugees from DRC’s Ituri Province have sought refuge-status in Uganda, following the violence which erupted on Dec. 17, 2017.

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