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.
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