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WHO helps Zambia to immunise 1 mn people against cholera

IANS  |  Geneva 

The Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday said it's supporting in launching a campaign in the African country to help one million people against

The campaign was launched on Wednesday to vaccinate residents of Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia, against

Two million doses of oral from the Gavi-funded global stockpile were delivered to the southern African country in January, enough to immunise one million people, reported.

According to Zambia's authority, the campaign will bring the life-saving to the people who need it most.

Cholera is an that can kill within hours if left untreated.

Since the start of the current outbreak in from early October 2017, the country's authority has reported a total of 2,672 cases, with for 2,558 cases. Of the 63 deaths countrywide, 58 were from

While sporadic cases of cholera are regular occurrences in during the five-month rainy season, the number of cases this year has exceeded the average annual caseload.

The WHO is currently working with the to address the underlying causes of the cholera outbreak, including clean water provision, sanitation and health education on personal hygiene.

The agency is also helping authorities to track down cases, treat cholera patients and provide community health education.

The WHO recommends that against cholera be considered in emergencies and other high-risk scenarios, as planning is underway to vaccinate a further one million people living in known cholera hot spots across the country later this year.



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First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 04:48 IST