Iraq faces cholera outbreak and Red Crescent takes several measures to fight it

Published: 22 October 2015 14:49 CET

The Iraqi Ministry of Health has announced that more than 1800 cases of cholera infections have been recorded so far in Baghdad and other Iraqi governorates, among them six fatalities resulting from the disease’s spread. According to the ministry, cholera might have resulted from the scarcity of water in the country, and people relying on wells and polluted water instead to make up for their needs.

Commenting on the worrisome cholera spread, Iraqi citizen Nawwaf Jabbar said: “This is another burden faced by Iraqis, in addition to their economic and health problems. What do we have left as Iraqis if our water, air and soil are all polluted?”

The Iraqi Ministry of Health has been coordinating with several international organizations to fight the cholera outbreak, including UNICEF, the World Health Organization, and the components of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

Meanwhile, the Iraqi Red Crescent Society has announced the adoption of several measures to contain the disease, including delegating medical and advocacy teams to Iraqi towns to spread awareness among the people as well as to provide numerous and various medical services. The advocacy teams will mainly target women in their campaigns for their important role in guiding minors about avoiding polluted water. Moreover, the organization has set up a water purification station which benefits 2,000 Iraqi families. The Red Crescent also got involved in the distribution of more than 6,000 water bottles and 500 health baskets to the residents of Abu Ghraib area, where four people were killed after being infected with cholera.