What is Cholera
Cholera is a diarrhea, highly contagious disease caused by a bacterium called Vibrio Cholerae. It is transmitted through contact with a sick person, their environment and by drinking water and contaminated food. It can affect both children and adults.
Cholera manifests itself by diarrhea, frequent and abundant vomiting that looks like rice water. This leads to the loss of large amounts of body fluids leading to death in the absence of appropriate treatment.
How to Avoid Cholera
Observe the following hygiene measures:
- Wash your hands with clean water and soap before eating, after using the toilet or cleaning your clothes, baby feces. If soap is not available, brush hands with ashes or sand and rinse with portable water.
- Boil water before drinking or use any other method of water purification.
- Wash fruits and vegetables with clean water before eating them. That is, peel food, cook it well and eat it hot.
- Do not defecate in the open air or in a watercourse but use latrines, toilets or bury your feces in the ground.
- Avoid touching patients of the said disease or objects soiled by the patient.
What is the Importance of Cholera Vaccination?
Vaccination against cholera aims to prevent the disease, fight epidemics and reduce deaths.
The vaccination is the best way to protect people. However, it is necessary to alert and go to the nearest health center in case of frequent diarrhea in the community or family.
So i urge everyone especially those in Buea, Limbe, Douala and Ekona to take their vaccines and maintain the hygienic measures because these areas are losing loved ones to cholera day by day.