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Over two million people in some parts of African countries which include Nigeria, Zambia, Uganda, Malawi and South Sudan are set to receive over 3,340,900 million doses of Oral Cholera Vaccine (OCV) to prevent and contain the disease outbreak in Africa during the rainy season.
The World Health Organisation (WHO), on Monday said that the campaigns, which will be completed by mid-June, are being implemented by the respective ministries of health supported by the United Nations (UN) apex health body and partners of the Global Task Force on Cholera Control (GTFCC), and mostly in reaction to the recent cholera outbreak.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, Dr. Seth Berkley, referred to the fight against the outbreak as an unprecedented response to a spike in cholera outbreak across Africa.
He said that they have worked hard to ensure there is now enough vaccine supply to keep the global stockpile topped up and ready for most eventualities.
WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, added that Oral cholera vaccines are a key weapon in our fight against cholera. He also stated that other things are also needed in order to keep people safe.
The burden of cholera remains high in many African countries. As of May 7 many countries are facing cholera outbreaks, with at least 12 areas or countries reporting active cholera transmission in sub-Saharan Africa. Recent developments in the use of OCVs show that the strong mobilisation of countries and partners can effectively tackle the disease when tools for prevention and control are readily available.
The Regional Director for Africa,WHO, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, revealed that cholera springs up and brings devastation to communities across Africa every rainy season.
With this historic cholera vaccination drive, countries in the region are demonstrating their commitment to stopping cholera from claiming more lives. Urging that there is a need to build on this momentum through a multispectral approach and ensure that everyone has access to clean water and sanitation, no matter where they are located.
However, a resolution on cholera will be proposed by Zambia and Haiti at this month’s World Health Assembly, calling for renewed political will and an integrated approached to eliminate cholera, including investment in clean water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).
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