20 killed of cholera in northern Nigeria
Published: 02:38 PM, 26 May 2021
Medical staff give treatment to the patients suffering from cholera at a medical camp set up in Harare, Nigeria; Photo: AFP
At least 20 people killed in cholera in northern Nigeria, an outbreak occured for the last three weeks with more than 300 hospitalized, told Mohammed Maigoro, state health commissioner, reporters on Tuesday.
“So far we have recorded 20 deaths and 322 cases from the cholera outbreak in nine local government areas in the past two weeks,” Maigoro said.
“The Bauchi metropolis has been worst affected, accounting for half of the fatalities and 147 out of the 322 reported cases.”
Maigoro said cases were on the increase and the government has asked all the 20 districts in the state to activate their emergency response teams and open cholera quarantine centers.
He added that the health personnel and drugs were sent to the affected areas while “public sensitization campaigns on water sanitation and personal hygiene” have been intensified.
Cholera, a water-borne bacterial infection, affects the intestinal tract and is characterized by vomiting, watery stool, dehydration and fatigue. It can be transmitted by flies when they come in contact with food and can be fatal if not treated in time.
Africa’s largest oil producer Nigeria suffers from a high rate of water-borne diseases due to dilapidated infrastructure and under-investment.
A total of 1,746 suspected cases including 50 deaths have been reported in the country since January, with more than half of confirmed cases affecting children between the age of 5 and 14.