After the Centre Region, the cholera epidemic that has been making rounds in Cameroon has been reported in the East Region.
According to the Regional Delegate of Health for the East Region, Dr. José Andjevembe Essola, two cases that were “imported from Yaounde” were confirmed on April 27, 2023.
The patients are reported to be responding to treatment at the Bertoua Regional Hospital.
“We received four suspected cases of cholera. Two of them were negative and two others positive,” the Director of the Bertoua Regional Hospital, Dr. Huguette Nguele Meke told CRTV.
She explains that one of the two cholera cases arrived the hospital ”unconscious,” but is doing well after six days of treatment at the Regional Hospital.
Following the outbreak of the epidemic, public health authorities in the East Region have intensified sensitization campaigns to prevent the disease from spreading. Teams have been disinfecting homes and other areas where the disease could be contracted and tracing contact cases.
What is Cholera ?
According to Dr. Shu Marie, Cholera is “caused by an infectious bacteria called Vibrio Cholerae Bacillus which is found in infected feaces and water bodies which have been contaminated by feaces from an infected person.”
The germ is usually found in stagnant water and can also be transmitted through infected vegetables, fruits and other foods.
Since late last year, cholera has been reported in the Far North , Littoral, South West, and Centre regions of Cameroon. The East region becomes the latest region to report the disease.
According to public health authorities, over 16,000 cases have been reported in Cameroon within the last three weeks . Out of that number, 15,000 cases were reported in the centre region, 7600 in the Littoral, 218 in the South and 213 cases in the West region.
Kathy Neba Sina