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Unity State records 130 cholera cases in two weeks

Unity State records 130 cholera cases in two weeks

The Unity State Ministry of Health has recorded 130 new cases of cholera outbreak within the first two weeks of May 2022.

The state ministry of health acting director-general Elijah Makuei Guol confirmed that 130 cases of cholera outbreak have been recorded within a short period.

“We have confirmed 130 cases of cholera outbreak within two weeks in May and are severe cases with no recorded death,” Guol told Juba Echo during an interview.

“Cholera outbreak rapidly increases due to poor hygiene accompanied by stagnant floods water, animals’ death, and open defecations, ” said Guol.

The acting director-general said most cholera patients were women, children, and elderly people because they are not familiar with health guidelines.

“We discuss with our health partners, especially MSF, WHO, UNICEF, IRC and other humanitarian health partners to rescue citizens from this deadly disease, and they all agreed to manage cholera outbreak,” the acting director said.

In April Ministry of health declared eight cases of cholera in Rubkona County making it to be 138 cases of cholera outbreak in Bentiu Unity state in just two months. The government now seeks to implement general health guidelines.

“General cleanliness and door to door awareness will be conducted on Friday this Week to make community awareness of the cholera outbreak. I have told some people are not aware of the cholera outbreak and the state Hospital is almost full of cholera patients,” Guol said to Juba Echo.

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