New cholera-related deaths have been recorded in Cameroon, mainly in the Central Region, which has been facing "a resurgence of cases" in recent weeks. According to data relayed by the Minister of Public Health (Minsanté), Manaouda Malachie, "as of April 19, 2023, the epidemiological situation shows 88 notified cases and 5 deaths, for a case fatality rate of 5.68%”.
The official said cases have been reported and confirmed in the health districts of Obala, Djoungolo, Cité verte, Biyem-Assi, Mfou, and Nkolndongo. He however assures that measures have already been taken to contain the epidemic. "With the help of its development partners, the Ministry of Public Health has activated the incident management system for the cholera epidemic (…). The teams of the Regional Delegation of the region are working to contain this epidemic, but more to avoid its spread to other regions," Minister Manaouda Malachie said.
He called on the population to follow the rules of hygiene, which are the first and main measures to prevent cholera. These include washing hands with clean water and soap before and after using the toilets, washing food with clean water before consumption, making water drinkable before drinking it, and cooking food well.
Cholera has killed more than 300 people since its resurgence in October 2021 in Cameroon. The previous outbreak officially claimed 66 lives in the country between January and August 2020.