A cholera epidemic is declared in the health zone of Shabunda in the province of South Kivu in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The territorial authority asks its citizens to respect hygiene measures, in particular to build toilets to prevent the spread of this disease.
Kongakonga Muzalia, interim administrator of Shabunda territory said, “The cholera epidemic is well confirmed in our territory of Shabunda. This is why I ask all village leaders to require households to build toilets. Recalcitrants will be punished.”
For his part, the Shabunda Zone Head doctor invites all patients to go to the Shabunda General Hospital for free care.
In addition, Justin Bengheya, Head of the Health Information and Epidemiological Surveillance Office at the Provincial Health Division (DPS), indicates that the Shabunda health zone recorded 67 cases of cholera in two weeks, including 11 deaths. He specifies that 5 mining sites are affected by cholera in Shabunda.
It should also be noted that of the 34 health zones in the province of South Kivu, 7 are affected by cholera.