South Kivu: Nearly 300 cases of cholera including 6 deaths recorded in one month in Ruzizi

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In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a total of 296 cases including 6 deaths were recorded in the Ruzizi health zone in the southern part of South Kivu province over the past month. According to local media.

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According to health professionals in this part, this disease is particularly due to lack of access to drinking water.

They noted that the most affected by the epidemic are the Burundian refugees in the Sang transit camp.

From week 47 to date, this region has already recorded more or less 296 cases. Most of the cases come from the Nazareno Health District in the refugee transit camps. This is a consequence of the limited supply of drinking water and non-compliance with hygiene measures explained Tujera Etienne, Communications Officer for the Ruzizi Health District.

He is calling for the rehabilitation of the Regideso’s facilities, which were damaged by the flooding of the river’s waters.

It should be noted that the cholera epidemic continues to claim victims in several parts of South Kivu province. Last week, at least 5 prisoners died of cholera in Kamituga Central Prison in Muyinga District.

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During the first eleven months of 2022, 14,145 suspected cholera cases, including 247 deaths (mortality rate of 1.7%), were recorded in 97 health zones across 17 provinces in the DRC.

Suspected cases were mostly reported from South Kivu (4,734), Haut Lomami (2,664), Tanganyika (2,825), and North Kivu (2,388).

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