Sulaimani health directorate warns of consuming potable water
Sulaimani General Health Director Sabah Hawrami (R) speaks during a press conference in Sulaimani, Kurdistan Region, Iraq, June 9,2021. Photo by Zhyan News Network
Zhyan News Network
SULAIMANI – Authorities of Sulaimani on Tuesday (June 9) cautioned against a potential epidemic of cholera following a rise of the cases of diarrhea and vomiting in the governorate entering the hospital and medical centers.
“Due to the arrival of summer and drought, the cases of cholera have tripled,” head of Sulaimani General Health Directorate Sabah Hawrami said at a news conference. “This has worried and scared us as there is a threat of the spread of cholera.”
The authorities attribute the spike in the cholera-related cases to people using contaminated water for consumption.
“We will increase chlorine in potable water provided to households. This does not harm people,” the official said.
Hawrami called on people to avoid drinking water from well and natural resources like streams, rivers, swimming in lakes and rivers and keeping food for another meal.
Cholera is an acute diarrhoeal infection caused by ingestion of food or water contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. It is a communicable disease that can be transferred from one person to another, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Cholera infected 1.3 to 4.0 million cases in 2020, reported by
the WHO. Out of that, roughly 21 000 to 143,000 died in 2020.
The Kurdistan Region, including Sulaimani, suffers from
an acute water shortage
due to low level of precipitation especially rain in the year and upstream projects by Iran on rivers and other water resources entering the Kurdistan Region.