As of 29 August 2012, the Ministry of Health and Sanitation in Sierra Leone has reported a total of 14,521 cholera cases with 243 deaths since January 2012, affecting 11 of the 13 districts in the country. Western Area (where the capital city Freetown is located) have reported about 50% of the cumulative total case load followed by Port Loko 21% and Kambia district 9%.
The overall case fatality rate is 1.7%. The daily reported number of cases is still high with Western Area reporting about 63 % of the cases.
Reports from the cholera treatment centres and units in the Western Area indicate that more people are reporting early with less severe dehydration. However, there is a need to continue to promote early treatment seeking in health facilities. There are evidences that people go to pharmacies and drug stores as their first point of call.
Messages of the Day:
Crafted as a PR exercise and far removed from the realities on the ground where getting a source of clean and unpolluted water is a problem for the thousands, if not millions of the poor and unconnected in Sierra Leone even as the wining, dining and dancing continues in the APC enclaves in the United States headed by one Kortu Bockarie Stevens.
A man who should know better, who should have seen it all, tasted the revulsion of the people after 24 years of APC misrule and sheer terror and who should be in a better position to educate others of the insensitivity of their action as hundreds die and others are on the death watch list in Sierra Leone as cholera decimates the people.