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Cholera: UN warns more districts at risk of outbreak in Ethiopia

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 The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs OCHA has warned that more districts are at risk amid the ongoing cholera outbreak in the southeastern part of Ethiopia The cholera outbreak is currently active in 23 localities of three districts of the Bale zone in the Oromia region as well as in nine localities in one district of the Liban zone in the Somali region the UNOCHA said It said in its latest situation update that the figures indicated that as of October 25 some 273 cholera cases have been reported including nine deaths It added that suspected cases in East Bale are under investigation The caseload has increased by 30 per cent since October 10 with new daily cases reported in Berbere and Kersadula districts according to UNOCHA The UNOCHA which warned that additional districts are at risk of an outbreak said that the ongoing response is hindered by insufficient funding and partners presence It noted that shortage of water sanitation and hygiene treatment chemicals limited amount of water storage items insufficient water trucking capacity as well as a large number of non functional water schemes represent the major gaps Last month the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies IFRC indicated that the latest cholera outbreak is drought related as Ethiopia is currently experiencing one of the most severe droughts in recent history The IFRC said the drought related cholera outbreak is due to a number of compounding factors like the limited accessibility and availability of safe drinking and cooking water in rural areas where they are exposed to untreated water sources NewsSourceCredit NAN
Cholera: UN warns more districts at risk of outbreak in Ethiopia

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The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has warned that more districts are at risk amid the ongoing cholera outbreak in the southeastern part of Ethiopia.

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The cholera outbreak is currently active in 23 localities of three districts of the Bale zone in the Oromia region, as well as in nine localities in one district of the Liban zone in the Somali region, the UNOCHA said.

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It said in its latest situation update that the figures indicated that as of October 25, some 273 cholera cases have been reported including nine deaths.

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East Bale

It added that suspected cases in East Bale are under investigation.

Berbere and Kersadula

The caseload has increased by 30 per cent since October 10 with new daily cases reported in Berbere and Kersadula districts, according to UNOCHA.

The UNOCHA, which warned that additional districts are at risk of an outbreak, said that the ongoing response is hindered by insufficient funding and partners’ presence.

It noted that shortage of water, sanitation and hygiene treatment chemicals, limited amount of water storage items, insufficient water trucking capacity as well as a large number of non-functional water schemes represent the major gaps.

International Federation of Red

Last month, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) indicated that the latest cholera outbreak is drought-related as Ethiopia is currently experiencing one of the most severe droughts in recent history.

The IFRC said the drought-related cholera outbreak is due to a number of compounding factors, like the limited accessibility and availability of safe drinking and cooking water in rural areas where  they are exposed to untreated water sources.

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