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Friday, August 26, 2011

Cholera claims 37 more lives in Somalia

Via Press TV :

" A cholera outbreak has killed at least 37 more people in Somalia's war-ravaged capital, Mogadishu, as more displaced people arrive in already overcrowded camps there in search of food and shelter.

The victims, mostly women and children, died within the last 24 hours in southern Mogadishu, where combination of poor sanitation conditions, scarcity of safe clean drinking water, overcrowding and high malnutrition has increased cases of cholera and waterborne diseases, a Press TV correspondent reported on Thursday.

Mothers with sick children flock Benadir Hospital in Mogadishu to get some medication. This comes as doctors are already overstretched by the number of those arriving with cholera.

Doctor Ahmed Sheikh Doon Diini said that overcrowding at the camps has been the main challenge to health workers.

“The major reason for having a sudden increase in the number of cholera cases is mainly due to the high number of internally displaced people in town. This Badhaabo camp for example is overcrowded. People know little about hygienic living conditions, so they need a lot of awareness on that," he commented.

According to the World Health Organization, some 75 percent of all cases of highly infectious acute watery diarrhea are among children under the age of five."

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