Cholera outbreak eases in Sierra Leone and Guinea
According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, new cholera cases have dropped from 2,110 in late August to 1,418 by September 16. Cases have also dropped during the same time period from 1,152 to 346 in neighboring Guinea, AllAfrica.com reports.
"The situation is improving faster in Guinea in terms of new cases and in Sierra Leone in terms of lethality," OCHA said, according to AllAfrica.com. "The number of affected districts remains unchanged: 12 out of 13 in Sierra Leone and 11 out of 33 in Guinea."
Aid groups have called for sustained measures to try to wipe out the outbreak, the worst in Sierra Leone in 15 years.
"I think it doesn't necessarily mean it (the cases) would not go up," Nicole Robicheau, a representative of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, said, according to AllAfrica.com. "It does seem that things are getting better, but we need to be cautious. It's certainly a good sign of the huge amount of work we have been doing."
UNICEF said that it would maintain its treatment and prevention efforts to continue to bring down the number of infections.
"We should not stop fighting cholera before the number of cases has gone down to zero and even then we want to put preventive measures in place so that we increase the chances that one day this disease will disappear in Sierra Leone," Moira Fratta, UNICEF's emergency specialist, said, according to AllAfrica.com.