SAD: Over 500 Die As Cholera Epidemic Spreads
Cholera is wreaking havoc across the world.
Last week, it was reported that the water borne disease has claimed hundreds of lives in the camps of displaced persons in northeast Nigeria.
This time, it is the disease that's claiming more lives in Democratic Republic of Congo.
The World Health Organisation, WHO is reporting that more than 500 people have died so far in the cholera epidemic that is sweeping across the West African nation.
Outbreaks of the water-borne disease occur regularly in Congo, mainly due to poor sanitation and a lack of access to clean water.
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But this year’s epidemic, which has already hit at least 10 urban areas including the capital Kinshasa, is particularly worrying as it comes when about 1.4 million people have been displaced by violence in the central Kasai region.
The WHO said at least 528 people died and the epidemic had spread to 20 of Congo’s 26 provinces.
“The risk of spread remains very high towards the Grand Kasai region, where degraded sanitary and security conditions further increase vulnerability in the face of the epidemic,” the WHO said in a statement.