By Ken Neba, Yaounde, Cameroon – Thursday November 21, 2019.
Following social media reports in the past days of an alleged Cholera epidemic in Bakassi Peninsular, South West Region, Cameroon’s Public Health Minister, Dr Manaouda Malachie, on Wednesday November 20, 2019 finally laid to rest the speculations.
In a statement, the Minister confirmed that a cholera epidemic actually broke out in Idabato, Bakassi area of Ndian Division since November 13, 2019.
Though social media reports had talked of at lesst two deaths, Manaouda did not give any figures, saying only that measures have been taken to contain and wipe out the public health threat in the concerned health district.
“Suspected cases are being tracked down. The public is advised to be on high alert and to convey any suspected cholera cases to the nearest health facility,” the statement said.
Cholera epidemics are common in Cameroon’s three northern regions of Far North, North and Adamawa. Largely because of ignorance, poverty and poor sanitary conditions. But they are a rare occurrence in the southern part of the country.
Earlier this year, several deaths from cholera were recorded near Garoua in the North Region. Cholera is a very contagious water-borne deadly disease caused by poor or contaminated drinking water. Thus, the ignominy often associated with cholera epidemics.