The Addis Ababa City Health Bureau said cholera was fast spreading in the city and it could not control the pace of the spread of the disease. The Bureau said the number of people infected every day with the waterborne disease is staggering.
The Bureau blames residents for failing to strictly adhere to prevention mechanisms but health professionals say the absence of clean potable water in the city was the culprit.
Several people use infected river water as residents face water shut off for days on end. Health education campaign by the Bureau to sensitize the residents has done little in stopping the spread of the disease.
Last month, the outbreak of cholera in the capital claimed the lives of six people.