According report, about forty four persons are dead owing to cholera outbreak in Borno…
The Borno State Commissioner of Health
, Dr. Haruna Mshelia, revealed on Friday that death toll as a result of cholera outbreak in Borno State has risen to 44.
Mshelia, who addressed a press conference, said in order to combat the disease and prevent future outbreak, vaccination would immediately commence in four Local Government Areas that have been identified as flashpoints.
He said the vaccination is to ensure that the infectious disease does not spread to other areas in the state after recording almost 2,000 cases within two weeks.
Mshelia said, “We are embarking on vaccination as from Monday to ensure we stop cholera from spreading.
“The vaccination has 80 per cent protection and anybody above one year can take it. A total of 1,926 cholera cases were recorded after the outbreak at Muna Internally Displaced Persons’ camp which later spread to Dikwa and Monguno.”
He disclosed that the vaccination exercise would be carried out in Maiduguri, Dikwa, Jere and Monguno, which were worse hit by the outbreak.
He attributed poor hygiene and sanitation among IDPs to the cause of the outbreak.
He said the state government, with other partner organisations, had established cholera treatment centres as soon as the outbreak was confirmed.
Mshelia said in order to combat the spread of the disease, disinfection of toilets/latrines and sensitization on personal hygiene were carried out.
He commiserated with the families of those that died in the cholera outbreak.
He also commended the international partners for their support in tackling the outbreak.