Lebanon cholera numbers continue rise, Al-Abyad tours the north


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The Lebanese Ministry of Health reported in an update on Tuesday 48 confirmed cases of cholera in the past 24 hours, bringing the new cumulative total to 287 since the first case was reported on October 5, the first case reported in Lebanon since 1993.

The death toll from cholera in the country now stands at 11 after an additional death was reported in the past day.

The Lebanese Minister of Health, Dr. Firas Al-Bayed, continued his tour in the north by visiting hard-hit areas such as Tripoli and Benin.

While in Tripoli, the Minister of Health said: “We note that water pollution is a major cause of disease, as clean or reliable water sources cannot be accessed, and sometimes the use of unclean water in agriculture leads to cholera. Through our tour, we record a rapid change in The condition of the injured and their need for vaccinations, and this requires us to increase the capacity of hospitals, especially those in the upper line of defense.”

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He continued: “With regard to the basic issue of cholera, there is a need to speed up early treatment through vaccinations, and we can save many lives. It must be emphasized that the vaccine is available, so in addition to prevention by providing clean water and assistance with sanitation as well, we can adopt it when necessary to provide it to workers and areas that record a large proportion of diseases.”

In Benin, he said: “The main issue now is to secure clean water, and in Benin there are unreliable water sources, and what is happening now, in the absence of refined water that is subject to chlorine from the state, is that citizens have had to resort to water tanks and unclean water tanks. In order to obtain a quick solution, we are working with our foreign partners by distributing chlorine to homes to sterilize water, or resorting to tanks with the Red Cross, in cooperation with the municipality, so we distribute chlorine to them and check it to confirm that this water is sterile.”

He added, “There is a very important issue. Even with these temporary solutions, we were able to solve the problem. We cannot close our eyes and not see the bad chronic diseases that led us to this problem. Is there a reason why Benin is one of the cities worst affected by the cholera epidemic?” Therefore, we raise our voice to everyone.” Especially for the concerned ministries, we must find solutions for water and sanitation so that the problem does not recur.”

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