Solutions are being initiated by the World Health Organisation (WHO) towards curbing the wide spread of cholera and malaria in Sierra Leone.
Following the recent mudslide and flood in Freetown, there has been an awakening of the diseases. In order to prevent imminent dangers from affecting the residents of Freetown who are yet to recover from the disaster of the mudslides, the WHO and the Government of Sierra Leone have partnered to prevent the spread of malaria and cholera before it aggravates.
Mr. Alexander Chimbaru, Officer in Charge of WHO in Sierra Leone said, “The mudslides have caused extreme suffering and loss of life, and we must do all we can to protect the population from additional health risks. With damage to water and sanitation facilities, residents of affected areas are particularly vulnerable to outbreaks of pre-existing infectious diseases including malaria and diarrheal conditions such as typhoid and cholera”.
“While the Government and WHO are working hard to strengthen health services in the affected areas, we also urge the population to take the following precautions to help avoid a possible outbreak. These are hand washing, drinking only water that has been properly boiled or treated, use of latrines for sanitation, and adherence to good food hygiene practices,” Chimbaru added.