Cholera rav­ages Borno LGAs

Weekly Trust - - News - Uth­man Abubakar, Maiduguri

The cholera in Borno State has claimed no fewer than 44 lives so far out of the 1,925 cases recorded in the last one month. The out­break was first re­ported on the Au­gust 16 in two IDP camps in Maiduguri Me­trop­o­lis.

Most af­fected by the out­break are In­ter­nally Dis­placed Per­sons (IDPs) in Muna Garage in Maiduguri Me­trop­o­lis, as well as in Jere, Monguno, Dikwa and Kon­duga lo­cal govern­ment ar­eas, apart from other com­mu­ni­ties.

Dis­clos­ing this to news­mem at an up­date on the cholera sit­u­a­tion in Borno, the Com­mis­sioner of Health, Dr. Haruna Mshe­lia, said survel­lance ac­tiv­i­ties were on­go­ing in all the af­fected ar­eas to en­sure the dis­ease did not spread to other ar­eas of the state.

He added that over 915,000 oral cholera vac­cines were ex­pected to ar­rive Borno, adding that it was the first of its kind in the coun­try.

Dr. Mshe­lia fur­ther said that the Min­istry of Health, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Borno State En­vi­ron­men­tal San­i­ta­tion Agency (BOSEPA) were work­ing round the camps to en­sure that the san­i­try sit­u­a­tion in the af­fected ar­eas were im­proved, adding that nu­mer­ous part­ners, in­clud­ing the World health Or­gan­i­sa­tion (WHO) were work­ing to erad­i­cate cholera in the state and cure the vic­tims.

“Most af­fected are the IDPs camps where san­i­tary con­di­tion is poor. We have recorded cases in Mongunu, Jere, Kon­duga, Dikwa lo­cal govern­ment ar­eas, in­clud­ing Maiduguri Me­trop­o­lis.

“Cholera vac­cines are al­ready on the way to Borno. It is the first kind of cholera vac­cine to be brought to the coun­try. Peo­ple in all the ar­eas af­fected will be vac­ci­nated be­gin­ning from oneyear-olds.

“My sym­pa­thy goes to the fam­i­lies that have lost their loved ones within the pe­riod of the out­break, even as I urge mem­bers of the public to al­ways bring their sick ones quickly to the treat­ment fa­cil­i­ties be­fore it be­comes late,” Dr. Mshe­lia said. Photo:

Gov. Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State (2nd left) flanked by the House of As­sem­bly Speaker, Adamu Dala Dogo, and Sec­re­tary to the State Govern­ment, Baba Mal­lam Wali, in­spect on­go­ing con­struc­tion work at the Col­lege of Med­i­cal Sciences, Yobe State Univer­sity in

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