Iraq records first death of Cholera, infections reach 76
The first cholera-related death was reported in the Kirkuk governorate on Tuesday, according to the Iraqi Ministry of Health.
In a statement to state television, the Ministry of Health’s spokesperson, Saif Al-Badr, stated that 17 new cases of cholera had been reported in the previous day. With these new cases, he continued, there have been 76 infections since the start of 2022.
Badr explained that during the recent days, cholera expanded throughout Iraq, particularly in the northern governorates of Sulaymaniyah and Erbil, which caused the Ministry of Health of the Kurdistan Region to take precautions against the disease’s spread.
Badr emphasized the significance of observing preventive measures, maintaining personal cleanliness, and washing hands before and after using the restroom and before eating.
To tackle “diarrhea and cholera” in Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani decided to set aside 800 million dinars (more than 500,000 USD) as an emergency budget.
In order to combat the cholera outbreak in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region, financial support was requested by the Health and Environment Committee of the Iraqi Parliament.