Cholera outbreak hits Democratic Republic of the Congo

Nurse Jean-Pierre Balume (centre) in discussion with patient Ndirihera Batengesho (left) and Dr Jean Marc Mambidi of WHO (right) at the cholera treatment centre in Goma Provincial Hospital, DRC.

More than 190 people have died following an outbreak of cholera in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The World Health organization (WHO) says at least 3,200 cases have been reported since March.

Charles Appel reports.

The cholera outbreak started in Kisangani then spread downstream along the Congo River all the way to the capital of Kinshasa.

WHO and its partners are giving free treatment to those affected. They're also setting up water chlorination points and helping the government organize hygiene promotion campaigns to stop the outbreak.

Cholera is caused by contaminated food and water. Patients suffer from continuous diarrhea and vomiting, leading to dehydration and then death if left untreated.

Charles Appel, United Nations.

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