Cholera kills 59 in Bauchi

Daily Trust - - NEWS -

An out­break of cholera killed 59 people in Bauchi State be­tween Jan­uary and now, Daily Trust gath­ered.

The state Com­mis­sioner for Health, Dr Abubakar Sani Malami, while brief­ing news­men yes­ter­day said out of the fig­ure, 54 people died in their homes while five died while re­ceiv­ing treat­ment at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Univer­sity Teach­ing Hospi­tal.

Malami said the out­break was trig­gered by mas­sive move­ment of people from neigh­bour­ing states into Bauchi as re­sult of se­cu­rity chal­lenges and flood.

“The state recorded a high ca­su­alty fig­ure be­cause some of the vic­tims were treat­ing them­selves at home,” he said.

He said the state govern­ment was able to cur­tail the spread by es­tab­lish­ing treat­ment camps , cholori­nat­ing over 60,000 wells and dis­patch­ing med­i­cal teams for house to house sen­si­ti­za­tion.

“The state govern­ment in­creased ac­cess to health care cen­tres to check the spread of the dis­ease and also part­nered in­ter­na­tional bod­ies to setup camps in hos­pi­tals across the state,” he said.

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