Algeria_ The director of prevention at the Ministry of Health, Population and Hospital Reform, Dr. Djamel Fourar, announced Thursday in Algiers, that cases of cholera recorded in four wilayas of the country, were cases "Isolated and limited to families", arguing that the situation was "under control".
At a press conference in conjunction with ministry officials and the Director General of the Institut Pasteur to explain cholera cases in the wilayas of Algiers, Blida, Tipaza and Bouira where 41 cases were recorded from 88 suspected cases, Dr. Fourar indicated that these cases were " isolated and restricted to families ", adding that the situation was " under control ". Cholera is a serious contagious infection that causes death due to acute diarrhea caused by the bacillus Vibrio cholerae, which spreads in the absence of hygiene or the consumption of water or contaminated fruits and vegetables.
The bacillus, which lasts between one and seven days, causes acute diarrhea leading to severe dehydration of the body and other complications in the heart, lungs and kidneys. Dr. Fourar reassured that the situation " is not worrying and does not require the establishment of a state of emergency ", calling on citizens to respect the rules of hygiene, namely " Wash hands well, rinse fruits and vegetables before consumption and refrain from visiting cholera patients in hospitals "
For his part, Dr. Zoubir Harrath, Director General of the Institut Pasteur, stated that the Institute's bacteriological tests on samples taken from infected people confirmed that the cholera epidemic was spread due to non-compliance with hygiene rules regarding the consumption of certain foods, excluding contamination related to water consumption. The ongoing analyzes at the Institut Pasteur on food consumed by families suffering from cholera " will soon reveal the real causes of this epidemic ," he added.
Dr. Youcef Tarfani, deputy director at the Ministry of Health, presented the various cases recorded in the four wilayas, stating that 6 cases were recorded in Ain Bessam (Bouira), including three confirmed, 50 cases in Blida of which 22 confirmed, 18 in Tipaza of which 11 confirmed and 14 cases in Algiers of which 5 confirmed. The director of health of the wilaya of Algiers, Dr. Mohamed Miraoui, revealed that 10 out of 14 cases admitted to El Kettar hospital have left the latter, while the other four will leave the hospital on Saturday. The director of health of the wilaya of Blida, Ahmed Djemai, announced that 12 cases out of 74 left the hospital of Boufarik, adding that the state of health of the other patients " gradually improves "And they will have to leave the hospital in the next few days.
In addition, Dr. Kamel Ait Forget of the National Institute of Public Health (INSP), emphasized the importance of respecting the preventive measures advocated by the Ministry of Health throughout the year. year, especially before the summer season, namely " wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water, keep food cooked away from raw food and keep it at a proper temperature, expiry, make sure to organize and keep the wells closed and do not throw rubbish near them, drink a controlled water or make sure to boil it by adding a few drops of bleach in case of storage "