‘Bac­te­rial in­fec­tion, not cholera, killed 3 in Mpape’

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Taiwo Adeniyi

Health au­thor­i­ties in the Bwari Area Coun­cil have iden­ti­fied the out­break of dis­eases in Mpape which al­legedly killed three res­i­dents as ‘bac­te­rial or vi­ral in­fec­tions’ and not cholera.

The Head, Health Depart­ment of the Area Coun­cil, Dr. Sun­day Goji, told City News via tele­phone con­ver­sa­tion that the depart­ment con­firmed the dis­ease as not cholera hav­ing re­ceived the clin­i­cal re­sult of the lab­o­ra­tory in­ves­ti­ga­tion car­ried out in Univer­sity of Abuja Teach­ing Hospi­tal, Gwag­wal­ada yes­ter­day.

“For now we can­not say (what the dis­ease is) but it could be ei­ther bac­te­ria or vi­ral in­fec­tions. The pur­pose was to in­ves­ti­gate whether it was a cholera micro­organ­ism, but there was no micro­organ­ism iso­lated from the spec­i­men that we sent,” Goji said.

The min­is­ter was there to­day, and we went to those ports and there are plans to fu­mi­gate those gut­ters, the min­is­ter flagged it off to­day.

He how­ever said the depart­ment will con­tinue al­ready ini­ti­ated sen­si­ti­sa­tion process, “that is why most of the people are com­ing to the health fa­cil­ity even those cases that are not qual­i­fied for an out­break but there is enough sen­si­ti­sa­tion.”

He added that the en­vi­ron­men­tal depart­ment is mak­ing ef­fort to pro­vide the res­i­dents with cel­lo­phane bags so that those wastes are prop­erly pack­aged and dis­posed ap­pro­pri­ately.

“We will ad­vise them to ob­serve their per­sonal hy­giene as well as keep the en­vi­ron­ment clean. Aside di­ar­rhea and vom­it­ing even those drainages are breed­ing mos­qui­toes es­pe­cially when the wa­ter is stag­nant,” he said.

Some res­i­dents have how­ever ex­pressed shock over the re­sult won­der­ing what could have been re­spon­si­ble for the deaths recorded and gen­eral vom­it­ing and di­ar­rhea ex­pe­ri­enced in the com­mu­nity.

Abubakar Musa, a res­i­dent, said the govern­ment should face the sit­u­a­tion and not try cover up the in­ci­dence by call­ing it names, “What else could be re­spon­si­ble for these deaths?”

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