Shell Energy Entrepreneurs banner Yudala banner
Cholera kills 48 in Borno

By Rabiu Sani, Maiduguri on 19/09/2017

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon

Views: 319


 

A humanitarian medical organisation, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said about 48 persons have died of cholera since the outbreak of the disease last month in Borno State.

The organisation otherwise called Doctors without Borders, said that 2,627 cases of the disease were recorded by the state ministry of health.

Anna Cilliers, MSF’s Medical Coordinator, said that the organisation had scaled up its campaign to contain the cholera outbreak in Maiduguri, Monguno and Dikwa local government areas of the state.

“As new cases of cholera emerged from Monguno, Dikwa and other parts of Maiduguri, MSF continues to scale up its response in the state. Since the start of the outbreak, a total of 2,627 cholera cases and 48 deaths were reported by the Borno State Ministry of Health. The state capital Maiduguri alone has witnessed 1,425 cases, while 600 cases in Dikwa and 602 cases in Monguno have so far been reported.

“Early diagnosis and treatment is vital to tackle cholera outbreak. As cases of the disease increased in Maiduguri, we rapidly set up a 100-bed capacity Cholera Treatment Centre (CTU) at Dala area of Maiduguri”.

Cilliers disclosed in a statement that since August 16, some 491 patients were admitted and 475 discharged at the centre.

She added that the organisation had also set up another 50-bed capacity CTU centre at the Muna Garage Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in the outskirts of Maiduguri, adding that the centre would be upgraded to 100-bed capacity in the coming days, if the conditions warranted it.

The medical coordinator lamented that the disease has begun to spread to other camps in the surrounding area and into the city.

To contain the situation, Cilliers said, MSF operated an Oral Rehydration Point (ORT), where patients could access sugar and salt solution to help them to overcome severe dehydration.

“Patients arriving here in critical condition are taken directly in our ambulances to the cholera treatment centres”.

The statement also quoted Dr Felix Kouassi, another MSF’s Medical Coordinator, as saying that a 110-bed capacity treatment centre was established at Monguno to combat the disease.

Kouassi noted that patients with suspected cholera cases were isolated to curtail spread of the disease.

“We are worried that the number of beds currently planned may not be enough as cases continue to rise in the town.”

According to him, the organisation was working closely in coordination with state ministry of health, World Health Organisation (WHO) and other humanitarian organisations on prevention and treatment of cholera, as well as providing training to health workers.

“Our facilities operate 24 hours basis providing free services. People with symptoms of cholera, acute diarrhoea, loose stools and dehydration should seek treatment immediately.

“We remain alert and through our community health workers continue to monitor spread of the outbreak and ensure rapid respond,” he added.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the state government has commenced a five-day cholera immunisation campaign in the affected communities.

About 900,000 persons were targeted for vaccination against the disease in the exercise while community sensitisation on environment, sanitation and hygiene has also been conducted to control the disease. (NAN)

Source News Express

Posted 19/09/2017 1:03:14 PM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!

 

You may also like...
Police foils kidnap attempts in Bauchi, nabs suspects...

JAMB adopts e-PIN vending registration to prevent exam...

Nwobodo, two others bag Ojukwu Varsity honorary degrees...

150 perish in Ghana fire and floods

Shock, drama as Nigerian Idol judges protest eviction...

APGA suspends National Chairman

All-night rain displaces Lagosians from their homes

Nigeria, Cuba partner to produce vaccines against typhoid...

NiMet forecasts clouds, thunderstorms and rains today

New report rates Nigerian Police high in handling...

‘Team Obiano’ holds retreat, maps out strategies to...

How public allowance squandermania is ruining Nigeria’s economy,...

 

Latest News Buhari at 75: Why God kept him alive, By Femi Adesina ECOWAS Heads of State meet in Abuja Billionaire couple found dead at home Nigerian Army rescues 4 Chinese expatriates Oil workers set for indefinite strike 3,000 horses, camels grace Kaduna centenary celebration Traders count losses as fire razes Onitsha drug market Sultan wades into Hijab controversy City extend Premier League record; Blues, Arsenal win Battle rages for Zuma’s successor Buhari mourns Gidado Idris 2 Nigerians win African Entrepreneurship Award

 

Most Read Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (301,902 views) NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (286,694 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (231,391 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (193,998 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (183,770 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (170,940 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (147,647 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (132,807 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (131,022 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (119,466 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (115,846 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (112,665 views)

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (33) Business (2,824) Business Verdict (30) Columnists (779) Complaints & Requests (94) Enterprise & Opportunities (195) Entertainment (421) Features (526) Global Business Monitor (198) International (1,693) Interviews (138) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (92) News (31,085) Opinion (845) Pidgin (9) Politics (4,225) Religion (654) Sports (1,382) Stock Watch (25) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

CBN Banner advert

CBN Words on marble

 

 

MOBO Awards

 

APO Group Partner

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera

Advertisement



 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!