$5.5 Million Needed to Battle Cholera

by Sheela Philomena on  November 19, 2011 at 10:47 AM General Health News
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To battle cholera in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the United Nations urgently need $5.5 million (4.1 million euros), says UN spokeswoman.
 $5.5 Million Needed to Battle Cholera
$5.5 Million Needed to Battle Cholera

Agencies estimate that $3 million is required for water and sanitation and $2.5 million for medical care in the four provinces along the Congo river.

"This $5.5 million is really urgently needed because the rainy season is set to begin," said Elisabeth Byrs from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Cholera is rife in DR Congo where 17,515 cases have been registered in eight of the country's eleven provinces since January, according to the UN.

Widespread sanitation problems make it difficult to tackle the highly contagious intestinal infection that can kill if not treated properly.

Source: AFP

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