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Cholera kills 10 residents of Gombe state

The outbreak of cholera in Gombe State has claimed about ten people, while as of September 20, 2022, the number of cases have increased to 236, and in 2021, the state recorded a total of 2,373 cases of the disease in three outbreaks within the year.

Penpushing reports that, Commissioner for Health, Habu Dahiru, who was represented by the Executive Secretary of the Gombe State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Abdulrahman Shuaibu made this known while addressing journalists on the outbreak of the disease

“This year, from June, we had sporadic cases of cholera in Balanga Local Government Area and because of the preparedness and prompt response; it has been largely subdued without escalation. We are witnessing an increased downpour of rain and flooding in many parts of the state and this has resulted in cholera outbreaks’, he said.

“These outbreaks are recorded in eight wards across Balanga, Yamaltu-Deba, Nafada, Funakaye and Gombe Local Government Areas of the state. The State Ministry of Health has promptly initiated public health actions for prevention and control of the disease. As of September 20, there was an increase in the number of cases in Gombe State as 236 cases have been listed so far,” he said.

Penpushing further reports that, the commissioner explained that the Ministry of Health had activated an incident management system for control of cholera at the Primary Health Emergency Centre in the state.

The Commissioner added that the Ministry had established 13 cholera treatment units across the five affected local government areas for management of the cases free of charge, adding that decontamination of wells and boreholes in affected communities would be carried out.

Penpushing also reports that, he explained that sensitisation and distribution of water treatment tablets in all affected communities would be conducted, just as he advised residents of the state to use clean water as well as prioritise the consumption of hygienically prepared meals.

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