Afghanistan (IP) - The Spokesman of the Taliban's Ministry of Health says due to the unprecedented heat wave, a number of Afghan provinces are facing an outbreak of cholera.

Iran PressAsia: Sherafat Zaman told Iran Press in an interview that the symptoms of cholera in the provinces have been identified and the ministry of health put taking special measures on the agenda, including the issuance of the necessary recommendations.

Zaman said that providing healthcare services was ongoing in Helmand and Kandahar provinces to the patients with the medical teams being settled in the two provinces. 

The spokesman added that the patients were under treatment, and the health ministry was trying to stop the spread of the disease.

He called on the people to use healthy drinking water and avoid heat exposure.

Afghan sources report that 6,000 people have so far been infected with cholera.

Following the devastating earthquake last month in eastern Afghanistan, an Afghan health ministry official said that thousands affected by the deadly earthquake are in need of clean water and food and are at risk of disease, days after a UN agency warned of a cholera outbreak in the region.

At least 1,000 people were killed, 2,000 injured and 10,000 homes destroyed in the earthquake, after which the UN humanitarian office (OCHA) warned that cholera outbreaks in the aftermath are of particular and serious concern.


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