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Resurgence of Cholera in Bujumbura City and in other provinces in the west of the country


Sep 10, 2023

BUJUMBURA September 7th   (ABP) – The Ministry of Public Health and the Fight against AIDS released a press release on Tuesday, September 5, 2023 in Bujumbura to bring it to the attention of the public, especially to residents of Bujumbura  City and Bujumbura and Cibitoke provinces, that there is an upsurge in Cholera in these localities.

According to the spokesperson for that ministry, Dr. Polycarpe Ndayikeza, 12 cases were notified as of September 4, 2023. Those cases come from localities in the Bujumbura North health district. In the Buterere zone, the locality called kw’ isamariro records 2 cases. The Gihosha zone records 2 cases in the Nyabagere district and 1 case in the Muyaga district. Another case is recorded in the Kinama zone in the Muramvya district. In the Bujumbura South health district, the Kanyosha zone, Muyira district records one case. In the Isare health district, Mutambu zone, Gakungwe village, one case has been declared. The Rubirizi zone, Gatunguru village also records one case. In Gatumba zone, Muyange village has two cases and Tenga village, one case.

In the Cibitoke health district, one case occurred at Mparambo village, 2 cases in Rukana and 2 cases in Rugombo.

Note that on the same date of September 4, 2023, 30 patients were hospitalized, including 22 at the Prince Régent Charles hospital, 3 in Gatumba and 5 in Rugombo.

Emergency measures have already been taken by the health and territorial authorities, the civil protection platform for risks and disasters and the Red Cross. The ministry in charge of public health reminds the people in general and those in affected areas in particular that cholera is a disease of dirty hands. The only provisions for prevention are those of observing individual and collective hygiene measures. Measures to observe include washing your hands with soap before eating, after going to the toilet, before breastfeeding your child, before preparing meals, after cleaning the child’s diapers, eating well-cooked food. , cover food well, drink clean water or boiled water. The people of the affected areas are asked to make a particular effort for environmental sanitation and the correct use of latrines.