Apart from Covid-19, other infectious diseases threaten African nations. New Cholera cases have just been detected in Lacs 2 commune in the Togolese capital, Lomé the health ministry said on Monday.
Appropriate measures were therefore quickly taken to contain this public health emergency, the country’s authorities said in a note sighted by AfrikPage.
“Anyone experiencing symptoms is invited to go as soon as possible to the nearest health center for adequate treatment,” said Moustafa Mijiyawa.
Although the land borders between Togo and Ghana remain closed due to Covid-19, illegal immigration remains a scourge for the two neighboring countries.
Despite the closure of land borders, several travelers, including nationals of other African countries trying to cross unapproved roads have been arrested.
A few days ago, the Cameroonian authorities confirmed the spread of a cholera epidemic in the central and southwestern regions of the country. The authorities announced 27 positive cases and four deaths.
Meanwhile, Nigeria has recorded nearly 100,000 cases amid the cholera epidemic this year and announced over 3,000 deaths linked to this disease.
What is Cholera?
Cholera is a contagious epidemic enteric poisoning infection caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholerae, or comma bacillus.
Strictly limited to the human species, it is characterized by sudden and very abundant diarrhea (gastroenteritis) leading to severe dehydration.
How is it Transmitted?
The cholera germ is commonly spread by, contaminated fingers/hands, flies, water and food. Cholera transmission is from faecal matter to the mouth through the ingestion of:
Water contaminated with faeces, vomitus of patients and to lesser extent faeces of carriers•
Fruits and vegetables – especially those irrigated with waste-water and when contaminated fruits and vegetables are eaten raw.