It was reported that cholera was detected in 8,667 people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (KDC) until 15 August this year.
In the statement made by the KDC office of the World Health Organization, it was stated that 8,667 cases of cholera were detected in the country’s 65 health regions from the beginning of January to August 15, and 150 people died due to the epidemic.
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) KDC Representative Grant Leaity said, “If we do not accelerate our actions as soon as possible, the first victims of the cholera disease, which can spread very quickly, are mostly children.”
Cholera, a food and water-borne disease caused by the “Vibrio” bacteria, causes severe diarrhea and dehydration in the body. The disease can be fatal if left untreated.
In addition to the lack of clean water in the country, the inability to provide active medical intervention increases the risk of illness and death.
Epidemics such as malaria, polio, typhoid and monkeypox virus are also frequently encountered in the country.