Gombe – The Gombe State Ministry of Health has taken pro-active measures to handle any outbreak of diseases in the state, the Commissioner for Health, Dr Mohammad Umar, has said.
Umar said in Gombe yesterday that the state government had released N3 million for the re-stocking of the state medical stores adding that the stores would be stocked with drugs and chemicals and that the measure was sequel to the outbreak of a disease suspected to be cholera in neighbouring Adamawa.
According to him, public enlightenment, using the media, religious organisations and town criers, has been intensified in rural communities.
Umar also said the stateâ€™s Standing Committee on Emergency Preparedness and Response to Epidemics, had been placed on alert, while Disease Notification Officers in the Local Government Areas, had been directed to be extra vigilant.
The commissioner explained that during rainy season, outbreak of gastro-enteritis related diseases was common because of the contamination of water sources.
â€œCases of outbreak of diseases like diarrhoea are likely to occur because of the contamination of water sources, such as lakes and wells, that had not been protected properly. We have, however, taken adequate precautionary measures to handle any emergency situation bordering on the health of the people,â€ he said.