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Borno, humanitarian actors take steps against cholera outbreak

Posted By: Duku JOEL, Maiduguri On: September 6, 2018 In: News Update

Borno State Ministry of Health in conjunction with UN humanitarian actors and other stakeholders have taken steps to mitigate the outbreak of Cholrea in the state.

The National Public Information Officer I UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Abiodun Banire while providing an update on the outbreak of the disease in the state in a document emailed to journalist in Maiduguri said, “Some 200 community health champions are already actively searching for cases at household level in several LGAs. In addition, radio broadcasts in English, Hausa and Kanuri are underway in the affected LGAs to sensitize people to the risk of cholera, teach them how to prevent and manage diarrhea at home, and educate them on the use of chloride tablets for household water treatment and safe water storage”.

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Banire also disclosed that, “The State Ministry of Health, with the support of humanitarian partners, is coordinating the response to the outbreak through the Emergency Operation Centre. A Cholera Treatment Centre (CTC) is already up and running in Dala (a locality in MMC), and in Magumeri LGA an isolation space to treat cholera has been set up in an existing health facility. A CTC is urgently needed in Chibok, and additional ambulances are required in all affected LGAs to transport those seeking treatment”.

While giving details of statistics on the number of cases in the affected areas, the document explained that, “ 380 cases of suspected cholera in eight local government areas (LGAS) in the state, including 14 deaths, as of 5 September 2018.

“Since the outbreak started on 19 August 2018 the following cases have been recorded: Magumeri (139); Chibok (78); Maiduguri Metropolitan Council (MMC) (67); Konduga (36); Kaga (28); Jere (18); Damboa (8) and Shani (6). The deaths are in Magumeri (4); MMC (3); Konduga (3); Chibok (3) and Kaga (1). Of the 380 cases, 250 people have already been treated, the majority with in-patient care, and discharged,” he explained.

The statement called on people to take their personal and basic hygiene practices very seriously like the use of safe water and proper sanitation.

“The most effective prevention measures against cholera are basic hygiene practices, including use of clean and safe water and proper sanitation. Some 200 community health champions are already actively searching for cases at household level in several LGAs. In addition, radio broadcasts in English, Hausa and Kanuri are underway in the affected LGAs to sensitize people to the risk of cholera, teach them how to prevent and manage diarrhea at home, and educate them on the use of chloride tablets for household water treatment and safe water storage,” the statement advised.

The statement also noted that, “Intense efforts by national and partner response teams in Borno State over the last two years, including the development of a cholera preparedness plan in 2018, have greatly strengthened surveillance and monitoring capacity, enabling early detection of outbreaks”.

 

 

    1. Borno, humanitarian actors take steps against cholera outbreak  The Nation Newspaper
    2. Borno confirms 14 dead in cholera outbreak  Daily Sun

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