Opuwo hospital admitting three cholera patients per day

06 Feb 2014 11:40am
OPUWO, 06 FEB (NAMPA) – An average of three cholera patients are admitted to the Opuwo State Hospital in the Kunene Region every day.
A tented camp has been set up at the hospital for the treatment of cholera patients.
On Wednesday, the number of people treated for cholera symptoms since last November stood at 479.
A total of 454 people were reported to have contracted cholera between 16 November last year (when the outbreak started) and last Tuesday, while the death toll stood at 15.
The acting Director of Health for the Kunene Region, Katrina Tjiveze told Nampa on Wednesday one adult female and four children were being treated at the cholera centre.
“The death toll still stands at 15 people,” she said.
Cholera is an infection of the small intestine caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholerae.
The main symptoms are watery diarrhoea and vomitting. Transmission occurs primarily by drinking water or eating food that has been contaminated by the faeces (waste product) of an infected person, including one with no apparent symptoms.
The severity of the diarrhea and vomiting can lead to rapid dehydration and electrolyte imbalance, and death in some cases. The primary treatment is oral rehydration therapy, typically with oral rehydration solution, to replace water and electrolytes.