By Staff Reporter
July 19, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The cholera outbreak infecting some parts of Ethiopia has been put under control, Ethiopia’s Minister of Health Dr. Amir Aman has announced.
Out of 871 people who were diagnosed to have been infected by Acute Watery Diarrhea (AWD), 50 of them were infected with Vibrio Cholera outbreak which hit Addis Ababa city, Amhara, Tigray, Oromia and Somali regional states of Ethiopia since late May this year.
Speaking to the media on Friday, Dr. Amir said the Vibrio cholera, that killed 17 people in Amhara and Tigray states alone, have been put under control and no case of the disease has been detected over the last ten days in both states.
Somali and Afar states have also been reportedly free from the disease but five people have been diagnised with Gram-negative, comma-shaped bacterium in Oromia state early this week.
Also no cases of Cholera has been detcted over the past five days in all sub-cities of the capital, Addis Ababa, and that confirms the epidemic has been stopped, Dr. Amir said
Cholera is an acute enteric infection caused by the ingestion of bacterium Vibrio cholerae present in faecally contaminated water or food. Primarily linked to insufficient access to safe water and proper sanitation, its impact can be even more dramatic in areas where basic environmental infrastructures are disrupted or have been destroyed.
The ministry in partnership with the Ethiopian Public Health Institute is set to vaccinate about 200,000 vulnerable people in Oromia state as part of its effort of containing the spread of the disease.
Some segments of the society which were believed to have been vulnerable, namely, street children, elders in caring centers and those people working in abbattiors were vaccinated in Addis Ababa.
The health ministry has already set up emergency operation centres in all regions where it could establish survilliance system and identify new cases of diseases.
Ethiopia has a low sanitation coverage and has been frequently affected by Acute Watery Diarrhoea and Cholera outbreaks.. As of 3rd July 2019, there were at least 871 people affected by the infectious disease with 17 deaths:1 from Afar, 2 from Oromia and 14 from Amhara region.