By Zainab Kanu
Reports reaching this paper indicate that there is a Cholera outbreak in the Kambia District with fifty nine persons confirmed to have been attacked by the disease while two are reported dead.
In a telephone interview with the District Medical Officer in Kambia, Dr. Sam Sesay, he described the outbreak as a cause for alarm, adding that they were very concerned that the situation is not improving.
He revealed that they are fast running out of drugs to treat the patients, describing it as ‘very worrying.’
Dr. Sesay explained that the major reason for the outbreak of the disease is because most of the people in the district do not have pure water but drink water from untreated wells and streams.
He also explained that they are further constrained with insufficient wards and beds to admit those suffering from the diseases which he described as very contagious.
He appealed to the Medicines sans Frontiers and other health serving organizations that are supporting the Ministry of Health and Sanitation to help them with emergency drugs and equipment to enable them treat the patients effectively.