WHO working to prevent spread of diseases following Sierra Leone tragedy
22.08.2017 08:02 "Agro Perspectiva" (Kyiv) —
Preventing the spread of disease in Sierra Leone, where mudslides and flooding have killed hundreds of people, is «vital,» UN Radio says as quoting the WHO (UN World Health Organization) report.
It is to be admitted, the WHO is now working closely with the Sierra Leone government to halt the potential spread of infectious diseases such as malaria and cholera.
As to the report, it is estimated that around 500 people died as a result of flooding and mudslides around the capital, Freetown, within last week.
Scores are still missing.
Together with its partners, WHO is ensuring that the injured and displaced receive ongoing healthcare as well as psychosocial support.
As to the report, the residents within the affected areas are particularly vulnerable to outbreaks of pre-existing infectious diseases such as malaria, typhoid and cholera as their water and sanitation facilities have been damaged.