Thursday Sep 15, 201105:30 PM GMT
Cholera claims 58 new victims in Somalia
Thu Sep 15, 2011 5:30PM
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An internally displaced Somali woman attends to her children suffering from cholera inside a ward at Benadir hospital in Mogadishu on August 18, 2011. (File photo)
Cholera has claimed 58 more lives in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, where cases of waterborne diseases have increased due to unhygienic living conditions, Press TV reports.


The victims died within the last 24 hours in southern districts of Mogadishu, a Press TV correspondent reported on Thursday.

More than 310 people, suffering from cholera and waterborne diseases, also flocked hospitals in southern Mogadishu to get some medication.

This comes as doctors are already overstretched by the number of those arriving with cholera.

Doctor Ahmed Sheikh Doon Diini, from Banadir hospital in Mogadishu, said on August 23 that overcrowding at the camps has been the main challenge to health workers.

A combination of poor sanitation conditions, scarcity of safe and clean drinking water, and overcrowding has led to the spread of waterborne diseases in Mogadishu.

According to the World Health Organization, some 75 percent of all cases of highly infectious diarrhea are among children under the age of five.

Cholera is confirmed in Banadir, Bay, Mudug and Lower Shabelle regions of Somalia, and the number of acute diarrhea cases has increased dramatically in the last few months.

Reports say that aid agencies can take food supplies to only a limited number of people affected by the disaster since insecurity hinders efforts in much of the country's south.

Somalia has been without an effective central government since the 1991 overthrow of its former dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.

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