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Cholera kills four in Yobe, two hospitalised

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ActionAid urges Bauchi, NCDC to declare emergency
Kogi upgrades Idah facility to specialist hospital

No fewer than four persons have died in Jakusko Local Council, Yobe State, following cholera outbreak, while two were hospitalised.

While confirming the death yesterday in Damaturu, the Executive Secretary, Primary Health Care Management Board (PHCMB), in the state, Dr. Babagana Kundi, disclosed that a rapid response team had been raised to prevent further spread of disease to other parts of the state.

He said the state government had brought the situation under control by sensitising residents and other stakeholders to adhere strictly to personal hygiene and boil their water before drinking.

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He added that the two people, who were hospitalised, had been discharged.

On preventive measures, he said: “I spoke with the primary health care coordinator in the area and directed him to begin decontamination of the area.”

Jakusko Local Council Chairman, Abdullahi Gwayo, also directed community health workers to take drastic action to prevent further spread of water-borne disease to other areas.

SIMILARLY, ActionAid Nigeria has urged the Bauchi State Government and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), to declare emergency over the outbreak of Cholera in the state to save the residents from the disease.

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ActionAid’s Director of Programmes, Suwaiba Jibrin, was in Dass Local Council of the state, where over 300 patients were admitted.

As at June 17, according to the state’s Primary Health Care Development Agency (PHCDA), over 2,800 persons were hospitalised and 42 deaths recorded.

ActionAid donated 1,500 kits to Cholera Treatment Centres (CTCs) in Bauchi, Ningi, Dass and Toro.

KOGI State Government has upgraded the Zonal Hospital, Idah, into a Specialist Hospital to serve as one of the Renal Dialysis Centers across the state.

The Commissioner for Health, Saka Audu, disclosed this in a statement yesterday in Lokoja.

Audu said that the work at the zonal hospital had been completed, with the commencement of the deployment of the required medical equipment to the hospital.

He added that the hospital in Kogi East would now serve as one of the five planned renal dialysis centres across the state.

“With great sense of fulfilment, we are happy to inform the general public that civil work at the Zonal Hospital, Idah, has been completed and we have commenced deployment of medical equipment,” he said.

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