World Health Organisation : Cholera Cases Continue To Increase In Iraq ...
Remember the extremely worrying reports we highlighted a while ago regarding the outbreak of cholera in Iraq?
Well, whether you do or you don't we want you to (carefully), peruse this particularly important piece recently provided by regular reader/commenter, Du.
This posting - http://gorillasguides.com/2007/10/31/cholera-sitrep_30/ says this:
In the light of Maryam's concerns that data about this outbreak is being manipulated for political reasons we have made a change to the table showing the Laboratory confirmed cholera Cases in Irak henceforth the table will show:
The Increase in Reported Deaths since the last situation report.
The Increase in laboratory- confirmed case of cholera since the last situation report.
Additionally notes to the table will show any increase in the numbers of districts within a governorate reporting cases of Cholera.We've been concerned for some time that the data is being presented to western reporters in particular but also to Arabic media in a political way.
That is why we concentrate on the World Health Organisation reports.
They don't come out as often or as well as we might like but they are the only source of reliable data - even if they are very conservative figures.
If any of you know people writing about this or you write about it yourselves please cite the [official] W.H.O. figures. There is way too much spinning going on - particularly as the governorate election campaign is now gearing up.
Our info from the governorates is that preparations are very piecemeal -- chaotic is a word that comes back to us all the time from team members and correspondents. Let us all hope this outbreak does not spread. November and December are the two dangerous months.
Also the ethnic cleansing campaign in Ninewa, and At Ta'mim is getting very intense. As we come up to Article 140 voting this will get worse.