Health officials in Borno said yesterday that death toll from suspected cholera outbreak at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Biu, Biu Local Council had risen to 11.
About five people were last week confirmed dead following the outbreak of the disease at the camp. The Principal Medical Officer at Biu General Hospital, Dr Edward Diga, told a team of officials from the Borno State Ministry of Health that the epidemic had claimed more lives.
Diga said, “we treated about 325 cases at the hospital, unfortunately, 11 people died out of the number.
We still have about 30 people on admission, while the rest have been treated and discharged.” Diga blamed the rising spread of the disease on the influx of IDPs from camps due to the Boko Haram attacks on the villages.
“Mass movement of displaced persons from surrounding villages to Biu caused by insurgency attack has actually worsened the spread of the disease. I wish to commend the state government for its timely intervention and support toward curtailing the spread,’’ he said.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Salma Kolo, who was represented by Dr Lawi Mishelia, the director of Public Health, said the team was at the camp to present drugs and other essential items provided by the government.