Cholera kills 59 in Bauchi
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.