Nigeria

Bauchi: 300 hospitalised over cholera outbreak

Director General of NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu addressing the press at the presentation of 15,000 COVID-19 test kits to NCDC by UNICEF in Abuja on Tuesday, Sept 29, 2020. [Twitter-@NCDCgov]

No fewer than 300 persons have been hospitalised following an outbreak of Cholera in Dass Local Government Area of Bauchi State.

This is as the ActionAid Nigeria has enjoined the Bauchi State Government and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to declare a state of emergency over the Cholera outbreak in the state to save the residents from the deadly disease.

It would be recalled that on June 17, 2021, the Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency (BASPHCDA) had announced that over 2,800 persons were hospitalised while 42 deaths were recorded.

The Director of Programmes, Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Hajiya Suwaiba Yakubu Jibrin, was in Dass Local Government Area of the state where she assessed the situation of the outbreak in the area.

According to her, “There is an urgent need for the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to come to the aid of the people of Bauchi State to stop the spread of the disease to other communities. It is even surprising that the NCDC is yet to wade in despite a report of 591 confirmed cases between 29th May to July 16th 2021.”

She implored households to observe critical hygiene rules by ensuring that food is always prepared under hygienic conditions, saying that the disease can be contacted through contaminated food and water.

The Resident Programme Coordinator of ActionAid, Mr. Anicetus Atakpu, said that they donated 1,500 kits to Cholera Treatment Centres (CTC) in Bauchi, Ningi, Dass and Toro.

According to him, “Our visit to Cholera hotspot in Bauchi State has convinced us to believe that what we have donated was just a drop in the ocean and we feel more international agencies should also render help to the state in order to halt the spread of Cholera.”

He commended Bauchi State Government for its effort so far, saying that there is a disconnect between agencies of government, stressing that if there is better synergy, the record of infected persons and fatality will not be high.

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