The continuing cholera outbreak in South-Eastern Ethiopia has drawn the attention of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
This warning was issued as the outbreak’s death toll reached 94.
In its most recent status report, the UNOCHA stated that the cholera epidemic is the longest and is developing unabatedly, with a significant danger of the illness spreading across borders.
It also stated that cholera has become more prevalent in the afflicted areas of the country in East Africa due to the rains.
According to the report, 41 cholera treatment facilities and units were operating throughout the impacted districts. As of the beginning of May, an estimated 35,850 persons had access to safe drinking water.
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According to UNOCHA data, some 100,000 individuals have already received the oral cholera vaccine. A fresh round of the campaign is set to start in mid-May, with 1.9 million doses available as of early April.
However, it said the campaign’s coverage is inadequate given that more than 7 million people live in or close to the impacted areas.
More money is needed, it stated, to increase the coverage of oral cholera immunization.
Additionally, even in vulnerable areas afflicted by unrest and relocation, intelligent investments, particularly in clean drinking water supply systems, sanitation, and hygiene, can ultimately reduce the danger of cholera.