Somalia: Watery diarrhoea outbreak kills five kids in central town
Five children have died while others have been affected by an outbreak of acute watery diarrhoea in the town of Abudwaq of Galgadud region, central Somalia..
"So far more than 50 deaths have been reported in the past three weeks in the town," a medical inspector, who declined to reveal his name, said.
The outbreak was reported in the remote villages of the town.
"The biggest problem is the inadequate water supply," the officer said, as was the lack of basic hygiene. The outbreak had also affected local residents in the town, whose population are mainly nomads..
An elder in the town whose child died for this disease told Mareeg other two of his children are sick for the watery diarrhea.
No urgent assistance for those people affected by the acute watery diarhoea were reported.
The only sub Health Posts of the villages have no medicines except for rare medicine shops, while months have gone by devoid of health workers.
Many villagers have been left helpless due to the outbreak of diarrhea.
The number of patients in critical conditions is not ascertained.