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    Ministry of Health, Union of the Comoros
    3h
    CHOLERA EPIDEMIC
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    SITUATION AS OF JULY 10, 2024.
    Press Officer: FSTOUMANI


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    Cholera epidemic in the Comoros: nearly 45% of the population vaccinated

    LINFO.RE – created on 07/02/2024 at 11:40 a.m. – updated on 07/02/2024 at 11:40 a.m. - The editorial staff

    The WHO-backed cholera vaccination campaign launched in the Comoros is in full swing. The initiative follows an alarming rise in cases and deaths in the region.


    "We want to end this epidemic once and for all"

    ​Since the official declaration of the cholera epidemic in the Comoros , the archipelago has recorded 9,666 cases, according to the latest health bulletin relayed by Le Journal de Mayotte . Anjouan is the most affected with 8,491 cases, followed by Grande Comore (662 cases) and Mohéli (553 cases). The toll is 143 deaths.

    The Comoros want to end this epidemic. To achieve this, a mass vaccination campaign has been launched in the territory, mobilizing medical teams in all regions. "We want to end this epidemic once and for all, all means are mobilized to ensure the success of the campaign ," said Loub Yakout Zaidou, the Minister of Health.

    "The vaccine remains the only alternative to eradicate cholera" in the Comoros
    With the support of WHO and GAVI, 400,000 doses of vaccine are available to achieve herd immunity against cholera in the Comoros . Ms. Hissane Abdou Bacar from the WHO office in Moroni believes that these doses are enough to protect the entire population. Dr. Sainda Mohamed stressed the importance of citizen participation in this campaign to stem the epidemic.

    Vaccination efforts are palpable in Anjouan, where 200,000 people out of 379,000 have already received the vaccine. This is about 52% of the population, according to regional coordinator Dr. Ansouffoudine Mohamed. In Mohéli, the 57,000 doses planned will allow the entire population to be vaccinated, improving the current rate of 40%. In contrast, the vaccination rate remains low in Grande Comore, where only 30% of the population has been vaccinated despite intensive awareness campaigns. Dr. Abdoul-Anziz Hassanaly, regional coordinator, stressed that the vaccine remains the only solution to eradicate cholera throughout the territory.

    La campagne de vaccination contre le choléra lancée aux Comores et soutenue par l’OMS bat son plein. Cette initiative fait suite à une hausse alarmante des cas et des décès dans la région.

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    Ministry of Health, Union of the Comoros
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    CHOLERA OUTBREAK
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    SITUATION AS OF JUNE 27, 2024.
    Press officer: FSTOUMANI

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    The Comoros, where a cholera epidemic killed 134 people, is launching a vaccination campaign

    More than 270,000 doses of oral vaccine are available on the island of Anjouan, but, according to health authorities, “379,000 are needed”.

    The World with AFP
    Published today at 11:25 a.m., modified at 11:41 a.m.

    In the Comoros archipelago , affected for four months by a cholera epidemic which has already killed 134 people, a vaccination campaign was launched on Thursday June 13 on the island of Anjouan, we learned from the authorities. health.

    More than 1,300 children have received a dose of oral vaccine on the poorest Comorian island closest to the French department of Mayotte, where cholera has killed two people since March. “The vaccine will provide six months of immunity and will thus break the chain of transmission ,” Mohamed Anssoufouddine, regional health director on the island, explained to AFP.

    Anjouan is the most densely populated island in the Indian Ocean archipelago, with some 330,000 inhabitants out of the country's 870,000. Of the 134 deaths recorded, it accounts for 116, according to the latest official health bulletin. The Union of the Comoros has so far recorded 8,734 cases of cholera after the introduction of the disease in early February by a ship from Tanzania, where cholera is endemic.

    “We started by vaccinating students in schools, because, soon, they will go on vacation ,” explains Mohamed Anssoufouddine, a cardiologist by training. More than 270,000 doses are available on the island, but “we need 379,000 ,” says Hayiriat Bint Hakim, head of vaccination, contacted by AFP. The pilot campaign is expected to last five days.

    “This vaccine is one measure among others to eliminate the epidemic. It can return if barrier measures are not respected, such as hand washing and the provision of drinking water ,” warns the regional health director. Less than 30% of the population has access to drinking water, according to officials of the company responsible for water distribution.

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    Ministry of Health, Union of the Comoros
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    CHOLERA OUTBREAK
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    SITUATION AS OF JUNE 4, 2024.
    Press officer: FSTOUMANI

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    CHOLERA OUTBREAK
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    SITUATION AS OF MAY 26, 2024.
    Press officer: FSTOUMANI



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    ​CHOLERA OUTBREAK
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    SITUATION AS OF MAY 20, 2024.
    3 new cases of death on the island of Anjouan.
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    Ministry of Health, Union of the Comoros
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    CHOLERA OUTBREAK
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    SITUATION AS OF MAY 16, 2024.
    A new case of death on the island of Anjouan.
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    SITUATION AS OF MAY 12, 2024.
    4 New Deaths on the island of Anjouan today.
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    Source: https://reliefweb.int/report/comoros...pdate-mdrkm011


    Comoros Cholera Outbreak - DREF Operational Update (MDRKM011)
    Format Situation Report
    Source IFRC
    Posted 10 May 2024
    Originally published 10 May 2024

    Description of the Event

    Date when the trigger was met

    2024-04-23

    What happened, where and when?

    Following confirmed tests, the Comoros Ministry of Health declared a cholera epidemic on February 2, 2024, at 8 p.m. local time. A Cholera Treatment Center (CTC) was activated in Samba to treat cholera cases (hospital on the outskirts of Moroni). This was confirmed by the Dar Es Alam Laboratory and reaffirmed by the Comoros Ministry of Health. Eleven weeks after the first cholera case was confirmed, the number of cases continues to increase (with 132 cases by end of February, 655 cases by end of March and 2,319 by 21st April 2024), and the outbreak has now spread to the three islands. The Government of Comoros decided to intensify response efforts, therefore the Comoros Red Crescent Society which has been actively involved since the beginning of the outbreak, will also extend the scope of its response and operation timeframe to ensure a contribution to the epidemic response in proportion to its scale.

    As of April 21st, a total of 2,319 cases had been reported (437 in Ngadzidja, 1608 in Ndzuani and 274 in Mweli). A total of 55 deaths had been reported by then with case fatality rate of 2,4% (3 out of 4 deaths happening in the community). It's worth noting that the islands of the Comoros are referred to interchangeably by different names. For instance, Anjouan is also known as Ndzuani.​..

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    Spread of cholera in Mwali I The town of Ndrondroni quarantined

    Health |05/06/2024- Antufati Soidri

    This measure comes following the “emergency measures to combat cholera”, decided by the Fomboni prefecture since May 1.

    The town of Ndrondroni, epicenter of the cholera epidemic on the island of Mwali, has just been placed in quarantine. The decision was taken and implemented by the Island Coordination to Fight Cholera (which brings together the health authorities, the gendarmerie and civil security) this Saturday, May 4. This measure comes following the “emergency measures to combat cholera”, decided by the Fomboni prefecture since May 1.

    It is in fact established that of the 380 cholera patients admitted to Mwali health structures, 360 come from the Mledjele region, mainly from the town of Ndrondroni. However, significant efforts have been made to treat the sick and fight against the transmission of the bacteria. This includes disinfecting homes, raising awareness and mobilizing communities for behavior change. However, the island coordinator for the fight against cholera, Doctor Hassanaly Abdoulanziz, deplores "the lack of community commitment". It must be said that following recent bad weather leading to flooding at the Fomboni market, where sellers expose food to the ground, increased risks are identified. Furthermore, the mobility of people between cities and islands has caused an increase in cases of the disease on the island. This is why urgent measures have been taken to limit its spread.

    The coordinator therefore called on the population to carry out an operation to bring the Fomboni market up to standard on Sunday, May 5, in collaboration with civil security, the gendarmerie, the various health services and community associations, in order to carry out a major clean-up. . Note that on Friday, May 3, 12 new cases were recorded, with 12 new cured cases and 53 active cases at the Fomboni hospital center.



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    Attaché de presse : FSTOUMANI


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    Comoros: cholera kills 82 amid heavy flooding

    The updated assessment by the epidemic surveillance unit worries health and political authorities. Tuesday April 30 was marked by the death of ten people on the island of Anjouan, the highest death toll recorded since February 4, the date on which cholera was officially declared in the Comoros. The country must also face a tropical storm in the coming days.

    Kemba
    May 2, 2024

    The cholera epidemic is getting worse in Anjouan

    Cholera is claiming victims in the Comoros. The latest epidemiological bulletin reports 82 deaths across the archipelago. We learned of “ 247 new cases of cholera, 380 new recoveries, 04 new deaths ” in the single day of Wednesday, May 1 , after the terrible toll of ten deaths recorded on Tuesday, April 30 on the island of Anjouan, which accounts for the highest number of casualties, 63 in total, out of 82 deaths. There were around fifteen victims in Grande-Comore and 4 in Mohéli.

    3,950 cases recorded since February 4

    “ Since the start of the fight against the cholera epidemic, the country recorded the largest peak of the disease in week S15 of the year 2024 with 409 cases of the disease and 15 community deaths. This peak could be linked to the mobility of the population, without respect for control measures at the end of the month of Ramadan and the day of the Eid festival, especially on the island of Ndzuwani ", (Anjouan) , explains a detailed note from the Ministry of Health.

    The Comorian authorities have mobilized teams to fight the disease which seem to limit the damage since a significant number of cases have been treated, i.e. 3,620 people cured out of a total of 3,950 cases recorded in the different health districts since February 4, the date when cholera was officially declared in the Comoros. A few days ago, the authorities suggested reinforced restrictive measures “ by May 10 if the situation does not stabilize ”.

    The unit in charge of anti-cholera surveillance notes " the efforts made" to contain the epidemic but notes " a lack of electrolytes and solutes in the CTCs, insufficient human resources for the management of cases, investigations of confirmed cases and follow-up of contacts of confirmed cases especially in Anjouan, insufficient means of travel for the supervision of activities " but also " the lack of an ionogram device at the Samba laboratory ", the health center which hosts cholera patients in Grande-Comore.

    Solidarity in favor of flood victims

    She also reports the “ denial of the population accompanied by late consultations, insufficient sprayers for PCI in the islands, insufficient DLM for public places, a delay in filling on Kobo of the BDD on the notification of cases in Mohéli and Anjouan and a lack of premises at the port for surveillance agents at entry points to Ngazidja” , Grande Comore . Teams from Civil Security and the Red Crescent mobilized to lend health workers a helping hand. The newspaper Al-watwan speaks of " current weather conditions which do not help the situation " by repeating the words of Doctor Ibrahim Salim who believes, in the newspaper, that " bad weather contributes to the spread of the cholera bacteria, and the “The hospital is overwhelmed.”


    President Azali in a disaster zone

    The situation is complicated because the archipelago has also faced heavy flooding while a tropical storm is predicted " in the coming days", according to a press release from the General Directorate of Civil Security, based on information from meteorological services. Teams are on alert to help those affected by the probable floods. “This tropical storm could specifically affect the north of Ngazidja and the coasts of the northeast of Ndzuani, which would cause heavy rain and winds of around 45 km/h. In accordance with the country's emergency plan, this situation does not give rise to a state of alert ,” indicates this press release published yesterday, Wednesday, May 1 .

    Now is the time for great vigilance for cholera and solidarity with those affected by the floods. President Azali Assoumani, returning from a trip to Kenya, immediately went to the disaster areas, accompanied by his wife, Ambari Darouech and numerous ministers. Representatives of the IMF and the World Bank, alongside the Minister of Finance, Mze Abdou Mohamed Chanfiou, also visited the victims in a heavily impacted locality. The Malagasy company TELMA as well as volunteers provide them with help.

    ASKemba, Moroni

    Le bilan actualisé par l’unité de surveillance de l’épidémie inquiète les autorités sanitaires et politiques. La journée du mardi 30 avril a été marquée par la mort de dix personnes sur l’île d’Anjouan, soit le plus lourd bilan enregistré depuis le 4 février, date à laquelle le choléra a été déclaré officiellement aux Comores. Le pays doit aussi faire face à une tempête tropicale dans les prochains jours

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