Mile 18 Bolifamba Health District Centre Buea. Photo credit: Hope Nda
If you have been spending time eating on the roadside, now is the time for you to think again about the hygienic nature of what you consume.
Buea District Medical Officer, Dr. Ngund Mathias has just cautioned the population of such meals while equally urging them to wash their hands after using toilets; before and after meal; and as well be conscious to use potable water and safe raw food.
The medical advice was ditched out Monday, January 31, after Dr. Mathias in a letter confirmed the outbreak of cholera in the district.
Titling it: ALERT ON CHOLERA OUTBREAK, he said “The Buea Health District is on Cholera Outbreak since January 28, 2022; date of notification of the 1st case.”
The first suspected cases, he furthered, were confirmed by a positive laboratory test on January 31, 2022.
“In this respect, you are called upon to be on the alert for early detection and notification of any suspected case using the above case definition”
A suspected case, he revealed, is any person aged five years or more, with acute watery diarrhea whether vomiting or not, and has been in Buea Health District as of January 24, 2022.
Aside cautioning people on possible ways that could make them contract the deadly disease, the medic also urged that drivers who come in contact with suspected cases should have themselves disinfected upon arrival at the health facility after dropping them.
With the outbreak of the epidemic, the population of Buea is now facing a double degree of tragedy; couple with the deadly Coronavirus pandemic.