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Cholera Outbreak: Adamawa, Bauchi Record 55 Deaths In 4 Months

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An update on the cholera outbreak which began in May this year in Adamawa State, puts total case count at 1,683 and death toll at 27 in four local government areas in the state

The epidemiological summary from the state’s ministry of Health said, Mubi South recorded 902 cases with 14 deaths, Mubi-North 631 cases and 14 deaths, Maiha 141 cases and one death.

Government has since set up an emergency response centre and an oral rehydration solution place at the Mubi General Hospital with a good number of medical personnel to bring the epidemic under control.

Contamination of sources of drinking water and overflowed rivers banks into shallow hand drilled boreholes has been identified as the cause of the outbreak in the four local government areas.

There has however, not been any patient that has been quarantined or isolated, following the outbreak.

Mallam Ahmad Sajoh, commissioner of Information and Strategy, who led government delegation to the affected councils, said the state government has directed that patients be treated free of charge. According to him, adequate drugs and consumables have been provided to curtail the menace in the state.

Sajoh, noted that 50 persons have also been trained on water hygiene and sanitation for house-to-house hygiene promotion as well as to investigate and report cases hitherto not reported, for action.

He stated that the emergency response centre and dedicated toll-line set up in the state ministry of health for quick response action, is geared to checkmate the disease.

UNICEF, WHO, Red Cross and International Rescue are some of the international bodies on ground in the state offering humanitarian services in the affected areas.

In the same vain, the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) on Friday, expressed concern over recurring cases of cholera in Bauchi State, and called for continuous advocacy and interventions.

Quoting the statistics from the WASH monitoring dashboard, Mr Ibiyemi Olu-Daniels, a representative from the ministry of Water Resources said, although cholera situation in Bauchi is assumed to be stable, the state’s taskforce reported 9,662 cases and 28 deaths on July 15. He said no fewer than eight local government areas were affected, making the state a critical hotspot, with a Case Fatality Rate (CFR) of 0.3 per cent.

“Endemic causes must be addressed by the government. The old and defected water pipes of the urban water system of Bauchi town which are poorly managed, pass through garbage dumping sites, gutters and depressions where sewage is dumped.

“These, coupled with water rationing system that results in frequent contamination of water supply, are the main causes of the crisis in Bauchi.’’

Since the outbreak, interventions coordinated by the state’s ministry of Health, with support from development partners have been able to carry out OCV in 15 affected wards in Bauchi local government area and three communities in Ganjuwa and Tafawa Balewa local government areas.

Mr Baba Galadima, WASH Response and Collaboration, federal ministry of Water Resources, said the ministry has, on its part, begun processes to test water quality in its six laboratories across the six geo-political zones. This, he said, would go a long way to promote water quality. Other interventions according to Galadima include, carrying out mini-filtration of existing water schemes through chlorination for the overall goal of promoting access to safe water sources and improved livelihood.





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