Cholera Kills 7 Children, Infects Hundreds in Southern Afghanistan

Cholera has killed at least seven children and infected hundreds others, mostly children, in Afghanistan’s southern Kandahar province as the country suffers from the worst outbreak in years.

A provincial medical doctor, Mohammad Daud Ayubi said that the Afghan people are going through a worse cholera outbreak as 667 people were infected with the disease in less than a week.

“We have received 9,500 patients affected with diarrhea, where 667 of them have been diagnosed with cholera disease,” Ayubi added.

Cholera outbreak has earlier been reported in Helmand, Zabul, Jawzjan, Daikunid and Kunduz provinces, with dozens of people dead and infected.

At least 20 children died due to cholera in Helmand province, and 12 more in northern Jawzjan province. Another 7,000 people have contracted cholera in the province.

Cholera-like disease also reported in Daikunid province and took the lives of 11 people in the districts of Nawa Mesh and Baghran since early July.  

According to the World Health Organization, cholera disease remains as a global threat to public health and is an indicator of inequity and lack of social development.

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