Cholera claims 6 in Plateau
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.
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.