Cholera ravages Borno LGAs
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: