The second programme of the vaccination campaign against cholera has ended in Cameroon’s economic capital Douala with about 1000 vaccinated in four health districts.
The districts included, Japoma, Nylon, Bonassama and New Bell, targerted because of the high number of cases detected.
The campaign that kick-started on March 25 followed a resurgence of the waterborne disease in the region and a death case recorded at the Monako health district.
Speaking to the press, the service head for vaccination programmes at the Littoral regional delegation of health James Longsi said some of his teams were greeted by a reluctant public with many questioning whether the vaccine was not against COVID-19 instead.
Nevertheless, the teams succeeded in vaccinating a thousand from the four health districts targeted and extended the programme for one more day to reach out to as many people as people.
During the first phase of the programme last August 2020, the Littoral recorded 700 cases out of the 1,800 in all ten regions.
Cholera outbreaks are recurrent in the country’s slums and neighborhoods which lack proper water drainage infrastructure and sanitation facilities.