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The mass vaccination program is taking place in the east of the country, in the three provinces most affected by the disease. Since the start of the year, more than 150 deaths have been recorded in 16 of the 26 provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The current vaccination is the second massive campaign in the country this year, informs the World Health Organization (WHO). In March and July, more than 1.4 million people were vaccinated against cholera in the province of Haut-Katanga, in the south-east of the country. “Cholera is a dangerous infection that can kill within hours if left untreated, but it is predictable and preventable. In addition to vaccines, which are one of the effective measures against the disease, it is also necessary to provide clean water and strengthen hygiene and sanitation to prevent the spread of the epidemic, ”said the Officer in charge of the WHO office in the DRC, Dr Amédée Prosper Djiguimdé, quoted by the press release received by APA on Friday. So far this year, the DRC has reported a total of 8,279 suspected cholera cases and 153 deaths in 16 of the country’s 26 provinces. Coverage with a full two-round dose of oral cholera vaccine provides protection for up to five years. The campaign is being carried out in the provinces of Haut-Lomami, South Kivu and Tanganyika, the most affected by cholera since last August, and will cover 13 health zones with around 4 million doses delivered by the Global Working Group on the fight against cholera (GTFCC). About 3,600 health workers, including vaccinators and community mobilizers, have been deployed to carry out the six-day campaign. The World Health Organization, the United Nations Children’s Organization (Unicef) and other partners say they are supporting health authorities in rolling out the campaign. Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, provided operational funding for this activity. Cholera is a highly contagious disease that is spread through contaminated food or water. It causes severe diarrhea and dehydration which must be treated immediately to avoid death. The latter can occur in just a few hours.

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