Ten dead from cholera outbreak in Gombe

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Gombe state has declared a cholera outbreak with no less than ten deaths already recorded across the state.

Gombe Health Commissioner Habu Dahiru said this on Thursday in Gombe while addressing reporters about the disease outbreak in the state.

Mr. Dahiru, who was represented by Gombe State Primary Health Care Development Agency Executive Secretary Abdulrahman Shuaibu, said that on September 20, the number of cases increased to 236.

He said that in 2021, the state recorded a total of 2,373 cases of the disease in three outbreaks in the year.

“This year, since June, we had sporadic cases of cholera in the Balanga local government area and due to preparation and prompt response; has largely moderated without scaling.

“We are witnessing increased rainfall and flooding in many parts of the state and this has resulted in cholera outbreaks.

“These outbreaks are recorded in eight districts of the Balanga, Yamaltu-Deba, Nafada, Funakaye and Gombe local government areas of the state.

“The State Health Secretariat has timely initiated public health actions for the 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 registered so far,” he said.

The commissioner said that the Ministry of Health activated an incident management system for cholera control at the Primary Health Emergency Center in the state.

He added that the ministry had set up 13 cholera treatment units in the five affected local government areas to handle the cases free of charge.

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Mr. Dahiru also stated that decontamination of wells and boreholes would be carried out in the affected communities.

He added that awareness and distribution of water treatment tablets will be carried out in all the affected communities.

He advised state residents to use clean water and prioritize eating hygienically prepared foods.

“Personal and environmental hygiene are proven preventive measures against the disease, so let’s prioritize hygiene in that sense,” said the official.

(YAYA)

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