EditorialEditorial14 September 20171min0

The cholera has killed 26 people in the province of Haut-Lomami since the epidemic was declared last August. The Provincial Health Minister, Olivier Sampatwa, said it on Tuesday, September 12.

According to him, more than a thousand cases of cholera have already been recorded since August in the province. The most affected localities are Mulongo, where health services have recorded 580 cholera patients and 20 deaths, and Kinkondja, where 530 patients and 6 deaths are recorded.

However, the Provincial Minister of Health has indicated that several water chlorination sites have been established for several weeks along the lake and the river in order to fight this epidemic. A site for the urgent care of the sick was also installed on the shores of Lake Kabamba, he said, adding that latrines are being built in cholera-affected villages as part of the “Healthy Village” program.

In addition, the Haut-Lomami Health Division awareness teams recommend that the riparian populations no longer throw faeces into the watercourses.