Cholera in Borno spreads to 8 LGAs, 14 deaths recorded – UN

The State Ministry of Health has reported 380 cases of suspected in eight local government areas () in the state, including 14 , as of September 5, 2018.

According to the details released yesterday in the Cholera outbreak bulletin issued by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) , the deaths are: Magumeri four, MMC three, Konduga three, Chibok three and Kaga one.

Since the outbreak started on August 19, 2018 the following cases have been recorded: Magumeri 139, Chibok 78, Maiduguri Metropolitan Council (MMC) 67, Konduga 36, Kaga 28, Jere 18, Damboa 8 and Shani six.

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Of the 380 cases, 250 people have already been treated, the majority with in-patient care, and discharged.

The Borno State Ministry of Health, with the support of humanitarian partners, is coordinating the response to the outbreak through the Emergency Operation Centre.

A Cholera Treatment Centre (CTC) is already up and running in Dala, a locality in MMC, and in Magumeri Local Government Area (LGA), an isolation space to treat cholera has been set up in an existing health facility.

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According to the statement, a CTC is urgently needed in Chibok, and additional ambulances were required in all affected LGAs to transport those seeking treatment.

Detecting and responding rapidly to suspected cases of cholera is vital to controlling outbreaks, which can spread rapidly in areas where access to safe water was limited and hygiene conditions are poor. “Intense efforts by national and partner response teams in Borno State over the last two years, including the development of a cholera preparedness plan in 2018, have greatly strengthened surveillance and monitoring capacity, enabling early detection of outbreaks.

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“The most effective prevention measures against cholera are basic hygiene practices, including use of clean and safe water and proper sanitation.”

Some 200 community health champions were already actively searching for cases at household level in several LGAs.

In addition, radio broadcasts in English, Hausa and Kanuri are underway in the affected LGAs to sensitise people to the risk of cholera, teach them how to prevent and manage diarrhoea at home, and educate them on the use of chloride tablets for household water treatment and safe water storage.

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