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Cholera outbreak in Somalia kills at least 75 since January

Cholera outbreak in Somalia kills at least 75 since January www.whoownsafrica.com Cholera outbreak in Somalia kills at least 75 since January www.whoownsafrica.com
Cholera outbreak in Somalia kills at least 75 since January www.whoownsafrica.com

Somalia, a country facing the devastating effects of historic droughts and floods induced by El Nino, is now battling a cholera outbreak that has claimed the lives of at least 75 people since the beginning of the year.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the situation a public health emergency, attributing the outbreak to a lack of access to safe water and proper sanitation facilities.

Cholera outbreak in Somalia kills at least 75 since January www.whoownsafrica.com
Cholera outbreak in Somalia kills at least 75 since January www.whoownsafrica.com

The number of reported cases in Somalia has skyrocketed, with nearly 6,605 cases reported as of April 1. The national case fatality rate stands at 1.1%, but certain districts are seeing rates as high as 4%, surpassing the WHO’s emergency threshold of 1%.

This alarming spike in cases has prompted urgent action to contain the spread of the disease.

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In response to the crisis, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has allocated $2 million to provide life-saving assistance to the most vulnerable populations in Somalia.

Relief chief Martin Griffiths emphasized the importance of swift and decisive action to prevent the outbreak from spreading to unaffected regions of the country.

The situation in Somalia serves as a stark reminder of the dire consequences of inadequate access to clean water and sanitation.


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