Deputy governor of Borno State Umar Usman has inaugurated a 13-member response committee for the control of cholera outbreak in the state.
While inaugurating the committee in his office at the Government House, Usman urged members of the general public to ensure proper hygiene, noting that the disease is contracted through food and water contaminated with bacteria called vibrio cholerae or living in a dirty environment that contain the bacteria.
He urged the people to take precautionary measures by observing regular hand washing before eating and after visiting the toilet, covering of food and warming of leftover food before consumption.
He said to stop the spread of the disease Borno State government has constituted Rapid Response Teams (RRT) for disease surveillance and control in all the affected areas to handle suspected cases.
The deputy governor said the state Ministry of Health has confirmed the death of 43 persons from cholera outbreak and 559 suspected cases in the affected areas of MMC, Jere, Gwoza, Kaga, Hawul, Magumeri and Damboa respectively.
Kadafur said the members of the committee are appointed based on their individual merit, experience and personal integrity, therefore they should work hard to justify the confidence reposed in them. He assured that government will give them all the necessary support to carry out their assignment successfully.
The terms of reference of the committee according to the deputy governor are; to determine the extent of the outbreak; the level of preparedness for the control of the disease to ascertain the cause of the disease; ensure effective collaboration with the response teams as well as to determine the requirement for the control of the outbreak.
He added that the committee should coordinate all resources available for the control and prevention of the outbreak and ensure the establishment of a situation room for regular updates and to activate all LGAs rapid response teams (RRT).
Responding, the committee chairman and chief of staff to the governor, Professor Isa Marte Hussain said the committee would immediately swing into action and would liaise with ministries of health, environment and other relevant bodies to ensure all preventive measures are put in place.
The chairman also promised to justify the confidence reposed in them by working hard to control and prevent further outbreak of the disease.