No fewer than 10 persons have died and 236 others have been infected with cholera as the epidemic broke out in Gombe State.
Eko Hot Blog reports that Executive Secretary of the Gombe State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Abdulrahman Shuaibu, disclosed this on Thursday while addressing journalists on behalf of the Commissioner for Health, Dr Habu Dahiru, on the outbreak of the disease in the State.
He said as at September 20, 2022, the number of the cases stands at 236, noting that in 2021, the State recorded a total of 2,373 cases within three outbreaks within in previous year.
“This year, from 30th of June, 2022, we had sporadic cases of cholera in Balanga local government area and because of the preparedness and prompt response, it has been largely subdued without escalation.
“We are witnessing an increased downpour of rainfall and resulting flooding in many parts of the State and this resulted into cases of cholera outbreaks in eight Wards across Balanga, Yamaltu-Deba, Nafada, Funakaye and Gombe local government areas.
“The State Ministry of Health has promptly initiated public health actions for prevention and control of cholera. As at yesterday, 20th September, 2022, there is an increased number of cases in Gombe State, 236 cases have been line listed so far,” he said.
The Executive Secretary said the Ministry of Health had activated an incident management system for control of cholera at the Primary Health Emergency Centre in the State, established 13 cholera treatment units across the five affected local government areas for management of cases free of charge.
He added that a house to house sensitization and distribution of water treatment tablets in all affected communities would be conducted.
This is even as he stated that de-contamination of affected wells and boreholes in communities would be carried out.
On preventive measures against the disease, Dr Shuaibu advised the use of clean water, consumption of hygienically prepared meals particularly uncooked food, personal and environmental hygiene as proven preventive measures against the disease.
While noting that cholera is characterized by severe diarrhoea and vomiting, he said it can be rapidly fatal if prompt actions were not taken towards managing the case and without effective infection prevention control.
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