Cholera Hits More Kebeles in Southeast Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA – Cholera outbreak has spread out to 41 kebeles in south eastern part of Ethiopia, a UN Agency reported on Thursday.

The 41 kebeles (smallest administrativ units) are located in 4 districts of Bale Zone of Oromia and 2 districts of Liban zone of Somali region.

“As of 23 November 2022, 491 cholera cases have been reported including 20 deaths,” the UN humanitarian reaponse coordinator OCHA reported in its update today.

Cose to 555,000 people are at high-risk in the six woredas.

The caseload of affected people has increased by 28% in the last two weeks with new daily cases reported in Berbere, Gura Damole, Quarsadula woredas, reveals the latest update.

In Guradamole woreda of Liban zone, it says cases “are expanding at high pace, especially across IDP spontaneous sites” where more than 60 per cent of the new affected caseloads are recorded.

The Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI), the Oromia and Somali Regional Health Bureaus, along with the WHO and UNICEF are scaring up health and WASH activities in priority areas.

“The response is hindered by insufficient funding and limited partners’ presence,” the UN Agency said.

The affected communities’ coping mechanisms have also been deteriorating due to multiple consecutive shocks, including the current drought.

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