Famine stricken Somalis battle to overcome Cholera

Somali girl carrying sibling and waiting for food

Somali girl carrying sibling and waiting for food

A Cholera epidemic has been confirmed among internally displaced Somalis who have fled into the capital Mogadishu, according to the World Health Organisation.

18 cases of cholera have been confirmed.

Poor water and sanitation are the reasons behind an outbreak of acute watery diarrhoea in Mogadishu which has claimed 11 lives,  among them four children.

WHO says the continuous movement of the displaced persons will make it difficult to contain the disease.

WHO’s Dr Michel Yao says children weakened by malnutrition were at a higher risk of contracting cholera.

The concern here is mainly is the root causes of cholera and this is related to water and sanitation. And right now with IDPs and population movement this increase the risk of further spread of the disease because we cannot control population movement. The issue is to make sure that we have an integrated intervention with our water and sanitation partners so that we provide services to minimize the risk of spread.

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