Published Date: 2011-01-16 15:06:59
Subject: PRO/EAFR> Cholera - Nigeria: (Niger state)
Archive Number: 20110116.217207
CHOLERA - NIGERIA: (NIGER STATE)
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Date: Fri 14 Jan 2011
Source: The Punch [edited]
Nigeria: cholera death toll rises to 13 in Niger state
The death toll from the cholera outbreak in Lavun and Edati Local Government areas of Niger State has risen from 8 to 13.
The director, Primary Health Care in Lavun area, Alhaji Zakari Saba, said this on Thursday [13 Jan 2011] in Lavun while briefing the chairman of the council, Mr Jacob Majin-Gana, on the epidemic.
He said that some health workers had been transferred to Danchitangi to complement the efforts of the existing staff at containing the disease.
Saba also told the chairman that more than 22 of the affected victims had been treated and discharged.
He said that the River Kaduna, which is their main source of water, might be responsible for the outbreak and appealed to the communities around the area to always boil their water before drinking.
Speaking to NAN [News Agency of Nigeria] shortly after visiting the victims at Danchitagi, Majin-Gana said that the council had bought drugs worth more than NGN 400 000 [approx USD 2600] to contain the situation.
The chairman also directed that all the patients on admission in all the government-owned hospitals in the state be treated free.
Date: Wed 12 Jan 2011
Source: All Africa, Daily Trust report [edited]
Nigeria: cholera outbreak claims 8 in Niger
A cholera outbreak has claimed 8 persons in Edati and Lavun Local Government Areas of Niger State. Our correspondent gathered that the epidemic was first noticed in Tama-Nku village in Edati about 2 weeks ago, which resulted in the death of 7 persons. Danchitagi, Sa'achi, and Egagi were the next villages in Lavun Local Government to be hit by the pandemic from which reports revealed that one person was confirmed dead.
Mallam Mohammed Yusuf of Danchitagi Rural Health Centre confirmed to our correspondent in a telephone interview that the victims contacted the virus [bacteria] through contaminated water from River Kaduna. Yusuf explained that the victims who were vomiting and stooling were diagnosed and tested positive to cholera, which led to their deaths as timely medical care was not administered.
Mallam Yusuf further advised the people living by the river side to avoid intake of water without boiling it, calling on them to always boil and treat their water before use to prevent cholera.
The medical officer said that the 1st case of the epidemic was reported from Tama-Nku and it had spread to about 8 other communities within the same area. He further reported that about 27 patients were earlier under treatment at the Danchitagi rural Health Centre, adding that 22 have recovered from the case and were discharged, but 5 were still on admission receiving treatment.
[Byline: Ayegba Israel Ebije]
[New reports have emerged of a fresh cholera outbreak in Niger state, Nigeria, originating from communities residing along the River Kaduna, whose water the victims are believed to have been using without treatment and hence contracting the disease (cholera). The death toll from the outbreak has now risen to 13 indicating the need for further improvements in the quality of clinical care for cholera patients both at community and health facility levels if further
deaths are to be prevented. The current reports also indicate that the authorities have brought in more drugs and healthcare workers to improve clinical care for patients. Further interventions should be initiated to improve access to oral rehydration in the communities to ensure early initiation of treatment for all cases meeting the case definition for cholera.
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