ADDIS ABABA, May 14 (Xinhua) -- Medical personnel in Ethiopia's Amhara regional state, located in the northern part of the country are treating 174 people for suspected Acute Watery Diarrhea (AWD) outbreak, an Ethiopian official said on Tuesday.
Beyene Moges, Deputy Director General of the Ethiopia Public Health Institute (PHI), said the suspected outbreak of AWD has so far affected 174 people, with medical professionals currently giving medical treatment to the individuals.
Moges said a team consisting of federal, regional and zonal officials have been sent to the areas in Amhara regional state affected by suspected cases of AWD, with a mission to prevent further outbreaks.
He however said the remoteness of the areas as well as poor telecommunication and road networks are hampering efforts to effectively deal with the suspected cases of AWD.
With the rainy season expected to start in June and continue until the middle of September, the Ethiopian government is bracing for an outbreak of AWD and is doing preparatory work to prevent the disease's occurrence.
Federal and regional health institutions have also been combating diarrhea outbreak by treating unhygienic conditions in factories, agricultural areas and eateries.