Published Date: 2011-06-09 20:58:02
Subject: PRO/EAFR> Cholera - Nigeria (08): (Adamawa) susp, RFI
Archive Number: 20110610.223396
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Date: Thu 9 Jun 2011
Source: This Day Live [edited]
Adamawa: cholera claims 30, another 200 admitted
An outbreak of cholera has claimed over 30 lives, mostly women and
children, in Mubi South and Maiha local government councils of
Adamawa State, while another 200 are still hospitalised in critical
condition in various medical establishments in the area.
The outbreak of the epidemic with the manifest symptoms of cholera,
including vomiting and fever, is believed to have ravaged at least 8
communities in Mubi South and Maiha local government councils in
19 death cases have been reported in Mubi South local government,
while another 17 persons have also been confirmed dead of similar
ailment in Maiha local government, resulting in serious tension and
general apprehension in the affected communities.
Mr Mathias Gumpi, a medical officer in one of the government health
centres in Mubi South local government council, told correspondents
that the council would not be certain that the sickness killing the
people was cholera until the results of medical tests of some of the
samples collected were out.
He added that they were waiting for the state government medical team
to arrive from Yola to complement the local team since the local
council had already exhausted its stock of drugs.
He added that victims of the ailment who are tucked inside the
villages would be transferred to Mubi North local government council
where better medical attention could be given to them.
Gumpi who led journalists to a clinic in Gella, headquarters of the
council, said patients who pass irregular stool were being collected
for tentative medical attention by a health technicians, before they
were finally carted into Mubi North.
The chairman of the council, Bitrus Habzi, was said to have travelled
to Abuja for over a week when 'ThisDay' checked at the council
secretariat, but council leader, Danladi Njidda, confirmed the
outbreak, claiming that the issue had been reported to the relevant
offices in the state.
The 2 local councils have been subjected to repeated occurrences of cholera.
The Adamawa state commissioner of health, Dr Lawan Hamidu, declined to
[Byline: Matthew Onah]
[A suspected outbreak of cholera has been reported in at least 8
communities in Mubi South and Maiha local government councils,
Adamawa State. Epidemiological and laboratory investigations have not
been concluded but this cannot delay patient care. It is therefore
critical that the national authorities support the local health
centres to manage the cases as detailed investigations are undertaken
to inform the initiation of an appropriate and comprehensive response.
Further information on the aetiology, source of the outbreak as well
as the vehicles of transmission will be appreciated.
A map showing the states in Nigeria can be seen at
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/States_of_Nigeria and the
HealthMap/ProMED-mail interactive map of the country can be seen at
http://healthmap.org/r/0Yr_. - Mod.JFW]