Cameroon Report – YAOUNDE
At least nine cholera cases have been confirmed, including one death in Buea, Cameroon’s South West Region, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Cameroon said on Wednesday.
‘’The cholera outbreak declared in Buea is very concerning due to limited access to clean water, a health system weakened by the COVID-19 pandemic and the fact that Buea town is hosting thousands of displaced people due to insecurity in the region,’’ OCHA said.
It said the World Health Organization (WHO) in Cameroon and humanitarian actors are supporting the country’s regional delegation of public health to develop a robust and rapid response, including the establishment of a Cholera Treatment Centre at the Buea regional hospital.
The cholera outbreak was declared by the district health service of Buea on Sept. 14.
Cholera is an infectious disease that causes severe watery diarrhea, which can lead to dehydration and even death if untreated.
It is caused by eating food or drinking water contaminated with a bacterium called Vibrio Cholerae