Freetown, Sierra Leone - The director of disease prevention and control at the ministry of health in Sierra Leone, Dr. Alhassan Sesay has confirmed the death of 20 persons as a result of cholera.
He said Sunday that the deaths occurred in the country's northern Kambia District this month during a period of two weeks.
Cholera, caused by the consumption of contaminated food or water with the cholera bacteria, also killed 12 persons at the main referral Connaught Hospital in Freetown, according to a senior nurse.
Senior ward officer Osman-tolo Kamara at the Connaught Hospital, confirmed the death of 12 patients from severe "diarrhoea" from several parts of Freetown, citing hospital records.
Kamara said severe diarrhoea and cholera usually erupt in Sierra Leone during the rainy season due to poor drainage and damaged water pipeline.