Wednesday, 7 March 2018

2 dead, 16 others hospitalized, as Cholera outbreak hits Bauchi State, Nigeria


By Luka Daniel (Bauchi)
 
Two persons have been reported dead and 18 others hospitalized following an outbreak of Cholera disease in Bauchi state.
 
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The Chairman of the Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Agency, Pharmacist Ibrahim Gamawa, who stated this, while addressing journalists in Bauchi, Monday added that twenty new cases have been traced.

Gamawa said, out of the  twenty new cases, two  died in  Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH) and the remaining  eighteen patients are currently responding to treatment in the same hospital .


While revealing that the  20  new cases  came from four different locations within Bauchi metropolis, Gamawa pointed out that the affected  areas are, Danmar A and B  Isangaya school ,  Hardo within  Kobi ward , Makama B at NasarawaJahun and  Makama A Gwallaga .

The Chairman assured that adequate drugs have been provided like ORS solutions and chlorine for disinfection that will help the public against this disease, and they have started disinfecting  the whole areas in the state.

He however called on the people of the state to cultivate good personal hygiene.

"People should also imbibe the habit of keeping their environment clean and they should always cover their food items properly, and by doing that , it prevent the disease further spreading in the state", he cautioned.

Pharmacist Gamawa added that, "allowing your environment to be dirty, not washing of hands before and after eating is one of the causes of the outbreak of cholera. If we keep a good hygiene, we should be able to do a lot of hand washing during this period by doing all these the disease will die away the way it started".

Gamawa said the agency has since stepped up sensitization campaigns in the media and other channels, to abreast the good citizens of Bauchi state about the presence of the disease and how to stop it from causing more havoc within and outside the state capital.

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