Cholera Outbreak: Borno Confirms 43 Deaths, 559 Suspected Cases

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Borno State has confirmed the death of 43 persons as a result of cholera outbreak.

Commissioner for Health, Juliana Bitrus, who made the confirmation at a news conference in Maiduguri, yesterday, said the state had so far recorded 559 suspected cases.

She said the outbreak was recorded in Gwoza, Kaga, Hawul, Magumeri, Dambao, Maiduguri Metropolitan and Jere local government areas.

According to her, 354 cases were recorded in Gwoza with 18 deaths while Hawul recorded 126 cases with 11 deaths.

“The remaining are Kaga with 22 cases and two deaths, Magumeri with six cases and one death, and Damboa with 39 cases and 10 deaths.

“Jere has eight cases with one death while Maiduguri has four cases with no death,” the commissioner said.

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Bitrus, however, said the state did not record any cholera case in 2019 and 2020.

She said government had directed all rapid response teams for disease surveillance and control in the affected councils to ensure timely response to all suspected cases.

“Active case search in communities is ongoing while about 10 CTC/CTU has been established in affected councils.

“All secondary health facilities have been directed to create isolation wards for management of cholera case,” Bitrus said.

The commissioner urged the public to take precautionary measures by observing strict hygiene.

“People should observe precautionary measures like regular hand washing before eating and after visiting the toilet, covering of food and warming of left over food before consumption,” she said.

She further urged the residents to treat water with aqua tablets or by chlorination and ensure all those who died from the disease were buried in line with IPC protocol.

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