PNG tries to control cholera outbreak

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Papua New Guinea officials say they are doing all they can to contain a cholera outbreak in the Autonomous Region of Bouganville.

There are thought to be 159 cases of cholera in the north of Buka Island, and two people have died.

The Chairman of Bougainville’s Cholera Task Force, Patrick Koles, told Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat program that most of the cases are mild and no further deaths are expected.

Mr Koles says officials are working with local chiefs and elders to inform people about preventative measures.Watch The Channel (2016) Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

However, he says there is a small risk the disease could spread to the nearby Solomon Islands, if containment fails.

“There’s a possibility that it can spread to the Solomon Islands,” he said.

“What we are trying to do now is to contain where it has been detected and so far it has not spread to the other areas at all.

“What we are telling them is, in the areas where cholera has been detected, they shouldn’t move around to other areas for the time being.”