Published Date: 2011-09-06 14:28:53
Subject: PRO/EAFR> Cholera - Nigeria (19): (Bauchi)
Archive Number: 20110906.228743
CHOLERA - NIGERIA (19): (BAUCHI)
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International Society for Infectious Diseases
Date: Tue 6 Sep 2011
Source: Daily Trust [edited]
Cholera outbreak kills 10 in Bauchi
About 10 people were confirmed dead as a result of the outbreak of
cholera in Warji Local Government Area of Bauchi State. The caretaker
committee chairman of the area, Alhaji Adamu Yahaya disclosed this to
newsmen while speaking on the development. He said the affected
people died one after the other following the outbreak of the disease
in the local government, which has raised serious concern from the
government and the people of the area.
The caretaker chairman explained that apart from the 10 people that
have died, about 30 others were hospitalized as a result of the
killer disease, saying that such people were now receiving treatment
at the government hospital in the area. He however assured that the
local government has taken measures in order to curtail the situation
especially on enlightening the public on the importance of keeping
their environment clean and to ensure they washed their hands before
eating any food.
Alhaji Yahaya stated that a team of professionals has been mobilized
to the affected areas and others not affected to prevent the further
outbreak. He then advised people to always report any outbreak to
health personnel in their respective areas.
[Byline: Ahmed Mohammed]
[Nigeria is one of the 4 countries in the Chad Lake basin affected by
cholera outbreaks due to the increased torrential rains with flooding
in particular areas, rendering unprotected water sources at risk of
contamination and hence the risk of waterborne diseases like cholera.
This calls for enhanced vigilance by the public for disease
prevention as well as commitment from the authorities to improve
social services in their respective countries.
A map showing the states in Nigeria can be seen at
the HealthMap/ProMED-mail interactive map of the country can be seen
athttp://healthmap.org/r/1doa. - Mod.JFW]