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Cholera outbreak kills 17 in Borno

By Ndahi Marama

MAIDUGURI — NO   fewer than nine people were reported dead while several others were hospitalised in Madube Village of Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno state, as a result of an outbreak of Cholera, a disease which has symptoms of severe diarrhoea and vomiting.

Meanwhile, in Biu LGA, eight people were confirmed dead and the wards of Biu  General Hospital were filled up with people affected by the disease last week, receiving treatment.

The disease was said to have started from neighbouring Madagali council in Adamawa State before it spread to Gwoza. Both share a common boundary.

Confirming the outbreak to Vanguard yesterday in Gwoza, the Chairman of the local government, Alhaji Musa Abbas Chiroma said 24 people contracted the disease and four died while the remaining 20 are still receiving treatment in various health clinics in the affected areas.

He said the council, on its part, has taken drugs to the affected villages, while a team of medical experts/personnel were deployed permanently to the affected villages so as to ensure that it does not escalate to other areas.

He added that, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has visited the area and took specimen from the village to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) to ascertain the circumstances and admonished the people of the council area to always keep their surroundings clean as well as wash their hands and other food substances before consumption.

When our correspondent visited the General Hospital, Gwoza where some of the affected people were admitted, it was gathered that there were no drugs in the hospital as the relations of the sick people were busy purchasing drugs in nearby drug stores.


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