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Sierra Leone records 203 cholera deaths and WHO urges strengthening against epidemic

Country entered into a State of Emergency due to the outbreak and formed a special team to deal with the crisis

 
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At least 203 people died from a cholera outbreak in Sierra Leone, a country located in West Africa, according to a World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement published on Tuesday (21). The agency indicates that over 11 000 cases were reported in 10 of the 13 districts of the country. The African country's president, Ernest Bai Koroma, declared a State of Emergency due to national outbreak and has formed a special team to deal with the crisis.

WHO calls for additional efforts to stop new cases of the disease. The rainy season, which runs from March to October, is considered one of the causes of the outbreak. The disease is endemic in the country with about 4 million inhabitants.

Also according to the organization, the suggested actions include the intensification of response measures such as the distribution of drinking water and sanitation services.

According to the agency, were sent two epidemiologists and three specialists to cholera in Zimbabwe, and control infections, can support the actions of coordination, information, mobilization and management of cases. The multisectoral approach of the government to respond to the cholera involves several ministries and other partners.

With UN <i> information </ i>

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