(Xinhua) -- The UN humanitarian agency
confirmed on Monday that 196 people have died from acute watery
diarrhea (AWD) and cholera outbreak in Somalia since January.
The UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
said in its latest update on cholera that a total of 7,909 AWD/
cholera cases have been reported in 11 regions (38 districts)
since the beginning of 2017.
It said the health partners are supporting affected
communities with hygiene kits as well as oral rehydration salts
to manage moderate cases in the communities.
Severe cases are managed in the cholera treatment centers
established in Bay and Bayhow hospitals, said the UN.
"In Lower Jubba, Banadir and Bay regions, in areas where
partners have access and have been able to mount a response,
such as Baidoa town, cases have reduced," said the UN.
However, surveillance reports show that the epidemic is
spreading to inaccessible areas, especially to villages outside
Baidoa town and in other inaccessible area in Bakool and in Gedo
"In Bakool region, the most affected districts are Wajid and
Burdhuhunle and in Gedo, Garbahaarey district.
"In these inaccessible areas, the disease is 4.5 more deadly
compared to accessible areas where WASH (water, sanitation and
hygine) and health services have been provided to the affected
communities," it said.
According to the UN, some communities are relying on buying
water, the prices of which are spiking beyond the reach of many
due to the depletion of water sources as a result of severe
"Communities are then forced to resort to unsafe water
sources, increasing the risk of water-borne diseases such as AWD/
cholera," it said.
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