CHOLERA FEARED IN SYRIA DUE TO DIRTY WATER: WHO WARNS
On Tuesday the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that Syria might have an outbreak of cholera.
In the past few months Syria has witnessed and recorded a number of water borne disease including hepatitis A and typhoid which have been brought about due to poor sanitation.
The WHO added that the country’s safe drinking water is available at about 1/3 of the level which it was before the conflict in Syria begun. In addition to that the Syrian conflict, which started almost five years ago, has led to some of its citizens having their waters cut-off.
Last year 31,460 cases of hepatitis A were recorded in Syria. Since the year begun the country has been recording more than 1,000 hepatitis A cases per week, said Dr. Elizabeth Hoff who is a representative of WHO in Syria.
"This normally we see when the weather is warmer and so on. But it just tells you people no longer have the same access to safe drinking water as before," Hoff said at a news briefing.
"Going into the warmer season, what we are particularly concerned about ... is cholera, this is our main fear, but so far we haven't seen it.
"But quite clearly the situation is going much more critical," she added. "Water has been used for political dividends and has been turned off to certain areas and that leads people to drink water from unsafe areas,"
According to the U.N. Health agency, cholera, an intestinal infection which is usually linked to drinking water which has been contaminated, causes vomiting and diarrhea and usually affects children more who are usually left vulnerable to death due to dehydration.