Three persons were killed and eight others admitted to hospital following a cholera outbreak in Nyanza-Lac in Makamba province, some 150 km south of the Burundian capital Bujumbura, the health minister said Sunday.
“Very recently, Burundian citizens who had fled to Tanzania from Kabonga in Nyanza-Lac came back with cholera. We counted 38 cholera cases. Three of them died and eight others are still admitted in health structures,” said Burundian Public Health and AIDS Control Minister Sabine Ntakarutimana after visiting Kabonga.
According to her, other Burundian asylum seekers died of cholera in a transit site in Tanzania.”We took an opportunity to call on health services to address all cholera cases to avoid contamination in other regions through hygiene promotion,” said Ntakarutimana.
She commended the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Burundi Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders (MSF Belgium) for their presence in Kabonga to address the cholera issue.
More than 105,000 Burundian citizens are said to have fled their homes to neighboring countries since March, fearing for their security ahead of the country’s upcoming elections, with the first polls – legislative and local government elections – due on June 5.
Tanzania alone received more than 70,000 Burundian asylum seekers. Enditem