By Francis Okoye, Maiduguri –
Seven Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have been confirmed dead while 100 others were discharged from Muna and Dala Lawanti cholera treatment centre in the past three weeks following the outbreak of cholera in Borno IDPs camps.
This was disclosed yesterday in Maiduguri by the medical director of Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), Anna Cillers, while briefing journalists on measures to prevent further spread of cholera in Maiduguri metropolis and camps.
She said that over 200 patients were admitted at the Dala treatment centre, since the outbreak of cholera last month.
She said, “In the last 24 hours in Maiduguri metropolis of Borno
state, we have received over 50 patients at MSF’s Cholera Treatment Unit at Dala. The total number of patients admitted from the start of the outbreak till now is over 200 with 100 patients discharged and seven people dead .”
Cillers said the MSF is working in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and other organisations to respond to outbreaks and diagnoses of cholera in the metropolis and resettlement camps.
Continuing she said : “ On containing further spread, “We have already established a 40 bed Cholera Treatment Unit (CTU) in Dala,which has so far admitted 70 patients. MSF has also set up an Oral Re-hydration Point (ORP) in Muna IDPs camp and has a team of 14 Community Health Workers (CHW) who are helping to find new cases and trace community members who may have come into contact with affected patients.
“Most of the cholera patients come from Muna Garage, a camp for people who have fled other parts of the state due to the ongoing conflict between the Nigerian armed forces and Boko Haram.”
She attributed the outbreak of cholera to heavy downpour of rain in the last three days, adding that this led to the flooding of Muna camp.
“The camp is partly flooded, making the already poor sanitary conditions at the camp even worse, which is an additional risk factor,during a cholera outbreak. A potential case has also now been reported from another part of the city.”
“Since last weekend, we have witnessed a steady increase in the number of patients at our treatment centre and at the re-hydration point in Muna camp. We are in the process of expanding the capacity of our
treatment centre in Dala to 50 beds and are exploring the possibility of opening another treatment centre close to the most affected areas,” Cillers said.