September 19, 2008

Kuwaiti Official Says All Necessary Measures Against Cholera Implemented

Text of report in English by Kuwaiti government-owned news agency Kuna website

By Mubarak al-Hajeri Kuwait, Sept 19 (Kuna) - Kuwait has taken necessary measures as advised by the world health organization to prevent possible spill over of cholera, now reported in neighbouring Iraq.

In remarks to Kuna on Friday, Dr Ali al-Sayf, the assistant undersecretary for public health affairs, said Kuwait had taken all the needed precautions after reported outbreak of the disease in Iraq. The authorities secure very clean drinking water to the residences, according to standards set up by international organizations, to ensure health and safety of the population, he affirmed.

Dr Ahmad al-Shatti, the director of the department of health awareness, told Kuna that instructions had been given to all health clinics to refer persons suffering from diarrhoea to the hospital of communicable diseases to ensure that he (or she) is not infected with the disease.

WHO has advised countries neighbouring Iraq to take necessary measures to prevent possible spread of the deadly disease. The disease spreads through unclean water or as a result of peoples' failure to abide by proper cleaning. At least five people have recently died of cholera in Iraq. Scores of others have been infected with it.

Originally published by Kuna news agency website, Kuwait, in English 1302 19 Sep 08.

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