ADDIS ABABA, (Xinhua) --
An Acute Watery Diarrhea (AWD) disease in Ethiopia’s
second largest city Dire Dawa, 446 km east of Ethiopia’s capital
Addis Ababa has infected 200 people since September, an Ethiopian
official said on Monday.
Speaking to journalists, Muluken Argaw, Dire Dawa city Health Bureau
chief, said only 13 of the 200 affected people are currently in
hospital, with the rest discharged to home after receiving health
“Health extension workers have given health advices on how to avoid
AWD to 39,000 households and 20,000 students in the city,” he said,
adding that the health bureau is also distributing water
purification tablets and has established mobile clinics to treat
Argaw cited lack of proper waste disposal means, unsanitary toilet
uses and failure to properly cook vegetable foods as reasons behind
the diarrhea outbreak.
Several major cities in Ethiopia including Addis Ababa, Mekelle and
Bahir Dar have recorded AWD outbreaks that infected thousands
earlier this year, exacerbated by unsanitary health practices and
Ethiopia’s rainy season which stretches from late June until
The Ethiopia Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH), regional and cities
health bureaus have also been combating the diarrhea outbreak by
treating unhygienic conditions in factories and agricultural areas.
FMoH is also currently engaged in educational programs on the cause
of AWD and ways to prevent and treat it.