UNICEF said there are more than 85,000 reported cases of cholera so far this year, resulting in at least 2,466 deaths. Among the countries with the most cases are Chad, Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of Congo, the agency said. There are also reported cases in Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Togo and Guinea, but UNICEF said the outbreak in these countries is under control.
UNICEF said it is delivering treatment kits, assisting epidemiological surveys and conducting awareness campaigns to help stop the further spread of the epidemic. But it urged governments to coordinate their responses and prevention plans to boost regional efforts to contain the outbreak.
“Information exchange between cross-border districts on caseloads and population movements, as well as cross-border inspections for disinfection and chlorination are proven ways to contain the disease and save lives,” UNICEF said.
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