Cholera claims 6 in Plateau

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Lami Sadiq, Jos

Six per­sons were yes­ter­day re­ported dead and many oth­ers hos­pi­tal­ized as a re­sult of a fresh out­break of cholera in Bassa and Jos North LGAs of Plateau State.

Daily Trust gath­ered that four of the vic­tims had died in Rukuba Bassa and two in Jos me­trop­o­lis as a re­sult of the epi­demic in the past two days.

Deputy Di­rec­tor, Epi­demi­ol­ogy in the state Min­istry of Health, Dr. Ray­mond Juryit, who con­firmed the out­break, said the case in Bassa had been con­firmed to be cholera while that of Jos North was still be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

Juryit who is the State Epi­demi­ol­o­gist said the out­break in Bassa was pro­fes­sion­ally han­dled, re­duc­ing the ca­su­alty. He added that it could have been worse if the cases were not han­dled by pro­fes­sion­als. One of the vic­tims died in a chemist’s shop while the oth­ers ar­rived the hospi­tal very late, he said.

While ex­plain­ing the cir­cum­stance that led to the death of the vic­tims in Jos, Juryit said: “A woman was sick of di­ar­rhoea and was ad­mit­ted in the hospi­tal. She died the fol­low­ing day but In the course of pre­par­ing food for the fu­neral, some mem­bers of the fam­ily de­vel­oped the same symp­toms. We can­not con­clude now that it is cholera be­cause we have taken the sam­ples and those with the symp­toms have been ad­mit­ted at the Plateau Specialist Hospi­tal. The sam­ples are be­ing an­a­lyzed, but we can­not wait for the re­sult be­fore we start treat­ing them. We are sus­pect­ing cholera and have put them on that rou­tine, but the full con­fir­ma­tion will come with the re­sults.”

He said the out­break in Rukuba, Bassa had been brought un­der con­trol and ad­vised people of the state to ob­serve sim­ple hy­giene by wash­ing their hands be­fore eat­ing and keep­ing their en­vi­ron­ments clean.

PHOTO: STATE HOUSE

From left: Po­lit­i­cal Ad­viser to the Pres­i­dent, Ahmed Gu­lak; In­spec­tor- Gen­eral of Po­lice, Mo­hammed Abubakar; and FCT Min­is­ter, Se­na­tor Bala Mo­hammed, wel­com­ing Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan on his ar­rival to Abuja from the EU-African Sum­mit in Brussels, yes­ter­day.

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