Cholera outbreak kills 12 in Adamawa, Nigeria

Cholera outbreak kills 12 in Adamawa, Nigeria

A cholera outbreak has killed 12 people and may have infected at least 134 others in the northeast Nigerian state of Adamawa, a medical official said on Wednesday 23rd May 2018.

At least 134 others may be infected in the state of Adamawa where nurses are on strike and many have been displaced from war, making it difficult to deal with an outbreak of such magnitude.

Ezra Sakawa, medical director of the general hospital for Mubi, the town where the disease has struck said no fewer than 12 people have died from the disease and that there were many more cases. He also noted that there was little manpower to deal with the outbreak as nurses were on strike.

A senior official at the state health ministry Bwalki Dilli, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the ministry with the support of other partners like WHO had set up a 24-hour treatment centre at Mubi General Hospital.

He urged the public to be on alert and observe personal and environmental hygiene, adding that the state emergency operation centre had dedicated toll-free telephone lines for reports and enquires on health emergencies.

The outbreak comes days after the World Health Organization (WHO) announced its collaboration with the Nigerian government on precautionary measures at various seaports, land borders, airports and other entry points to prevent the Ebola virus from entering Nigeria. 

 Source: TRTWorld 

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