Brief Preliminary Report of UNICEF and OCHA AWD/suspected Cholera fact finding mission to Balet Xaawo (as of 12 June 2016)



A joint OCHA and UNICEF Mission to Belet Xaawo (Belet Hawa) started on 12 June 2016. The team met with Belet Hawa Cholera Preparedness Task Force, WASH and Health partners in the district, Local Authority and MoH District Medical Officer. The mission was composed of meetings and observation visits to existing health facilities.

According to UNFPA 2014 population estimate of Belet Hawa is 86,684 people, the town is bordering Mandera town of Kenya and Suftu of Ethiopia. The reported suspected AWD/Cholera cases started 2nd May 2016. On 2nd May 2016, District Hospital alarmed to the other health facilities to be aware of the possibilities of AWD increase in the area as the Hospital admitted the first patient with signs of AWD/Cholera as reported by the Hospital Doctor in his presentation attached on 12th June meeting organized by UNICEF at Beled Hawa. Since then, the referral cases have been set well and the few emergency health supplies available were mobilized and transferred to the District main hospital for use. The taskforce was also encouraged to keep the hard work in putting all means to coordinate and share relevant information in time.

In May 2016, 808 suspected AWD cases were reported from the health facilities of which 318 cases have been inpatients. From the beginning of June till today 13th June 173 suspected AWD/Cholera cases were treated in the health facilities of which 97 of them were admitted at the District main Hospital (Khalil) according to the Hospital’s line listing data recorded. Another 40 cases were admitted at Jubba Hospital, which is private clinic.


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