35 Persons Die Of Cholera In Cameroon

The Cameroon health ministry said there were 33 deaths and 1,102 cases with most of the patients and deaths recorded in the Southwest and Littoral regions.

At least 35 persons have died from cholera and 1,242 cholera cases recorded in the Southwest, Littoral, South, and Far North regions of Cameroon, the country’s Ministry of Public Health  announced.

The locations where cholera cases have been detected are Bakassi, Limbe, Mbonge, Kribi, Fotokol and Melong.

The figures by the Ministry of Public Health indicate that cholera cases in the regions are rising, in the face of an outbreak. 

In an earlier communique released on Feb. 9, 2022, the Ministry of Public Health said there were 33 deaths and 1,102 cases with most of the patients and deaths recorded in the Southwest and Littoral regions.

The health authorities are mobilising teams and a surveillance system has been put in place with portable water kits distributed to affected communities. 

A vaccination campaign is expected to start from Friday, Feb. 18.  

The Ministry of Public Health urged Cameroonians to be vigilant and observe hygiene rules such as the washing of hands with soap and the thorough cooking of food, due to the contagious nature of cholera. 

Cholera has been very recurrent in Cameroon and in Nov. 2021, the epidemic reached five regions causing the deaths of 13 persons in Yaounde, Centre region, and Southwest region.

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Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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