Concord Times (Freetown)

29 August 2012

Sierra Leone: Cholera Situation as at 26 August

Nationally the cholera incidence continues to show an upward trend particularly in the Western Area which accounts for the majority of cases (49%). As of the 26 August 2012 the national cumulative for all ten districts is 13,659 cases with 231 deaths (CFR=1.7). The following districts continue to report high number of cases: Western Area (210), Bombali (31) and Tonkolili (31).

Furthermore, four deaths were reported: Port Loko (2) Western Area (1) and Bombali (1). The weekly data indicates more cases in week 34 (20-26 August 2012) as compared to week 33 (13-19 August, 2012).

The cholera trend is being continuously monitored by World Health Organisation epidemiologists at country, regional and global levels. Trainings on cholera surveillance, case management and infection control conducted by the Ministry of Health and Sanitation with the support of WHO have been completed in eight districts. Use of cholera standard case definition and outbreak investigation is being emphasized during the training.

Key cholera messages are being disseminated through electronic and print media. Partners continue to support interpersonal communication of cholera prevention and control messages.

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