N’Djamena, Chad | AFP | The Chadian government said Thursday that more than 50 people have died of cholera in Chad where authorities have since declared an outbreak.
“We count 312 cases, including 52 deaths,” said health ministry secretary-general Hamid Djabar.
Authorities declared a cholera outbreak on Monday, which put in place a “crisis committee” to monitor the situation and to strengthen cooperation with partners such as medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and the UN children’s agency UNICEF.
“For the time being, the outbreak is confined to the region of Sila” near the borders with Sudan and the Central African Republic, said Djabar.
In the neighbouring region of Salamat, 19 cases and two deaths were recorded, but the health ministry said the situation is “under control”.