The Unconscionable Tragedy of Cholera in Africa – Article Example

The paper "The Unconscionable Tragedy of Cholera in Africa" is a good example of an article on health science and medicine. According to Mintz and Guerrant, a large percentage of people in the present day scenario die owing to a lack of proper living standards and the scarcity of basic amenities of daily life (1060). Observably, the widespread presence of Epidemic Cholera in Africa is an example of the ever-deteriorating lifestyle of the people. In lieu of this phenomenon, a physician in London, Mr. John Snow determined the transmission of the disease while Robert Koch highlighted its causes. Correspondingly, Mintz and Guerrant highlighted that approaches to prevent the disease was proved and dictated more than 150 years ago (1060). To an extent, because of such intervention in the early days, Cholera prevailed at a negligible rate in developed and advanced countries, such as the United States (US). Gradually, Oral Hydration Thereby (ORT) emerged as a potential step to mitigate cases of Cholera, further saving millions of lives in Southern Asia and Latin America, which further led to the reduction in the frequency of typhoid and hepatitis within the nation. However, measures such as proper sanitation and proper drinking were not extensively available on the African continent, as argued by Mintz and Guerrant (1061). The article further discusses that the United Nations (UN) emerged with millennium goals in the recent context, among which, ensuring access to fresh drinking water to the people was one of the primes. However, more than 73000 cases of Cholera have been recorded in Africa as on the year 2009. In many of the scenarios, a lack of access to proper sanitation and clean drinking water is considered as the major reason for the rising number of cases of epidemic cholera in Africa. A lack of proper healthcare infrastructure in the poor African countries also contributed immensely to the augmenting number of Cholera cases as discussed in Mintz and Guerrant (1060-1063).