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Cholera kills one in Gombe, six hospitalised

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Goje eulogises Yahaya for development strides

Cholera has killed a three-year-old baby in Akko Local Council of Gombe State, while six others are still in the hospital recuperating.

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However, 32 cases have been treated and discharged.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Habu Dahiru, stated, yesterday: “Public health emergency operation centre in the ministry received a report of suspected cases of cholera and death of a three-year-old child in Kalujanaga village, Akko Council of Gombe State.

“A rapid response team was deployed immediately and the cases were confirmed in the laboratory. A free treatment centre for cases was established in Bogo Model Primary Health Centre,” he confirmed.

He cautioned parents to protect their children against waterborne diseases friendly with the rainy season.

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“The onset of the rainy season, at times, heralds the period for cholera outbreaks attributable to drinking contaminated water.

“Cholera is characterised by severe diarrhoea and vomiting. It can be rapidly fatal if urgent actions are not taken towards management of cases and effective infection prevention control,” he said.

According to the commissioner, with the threshold of positive cases, it has become imperative to declare an outbreak of cholera in Garko ward of Akko.

IN another development, former Governor Danjuma Goje of Gombe has praised Yahaya for his achievements in the state.

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Hence, he prayed that all states should have the likes of Yahaya as governor.

While leading the North East Senate Committee on the 1999 Constitution Review to visit the governor, Goje said: “The governor picked up from where we left it; he is doing better than previous governors.”

Appreciating many developmental projects in the state, Goje said he was happy being part of those that supported Yahaya’s governorship ambition, otherwise “today, I would have buried my head in shame.”

He rallied support for the governor, describing him as the best that ever happened to the state.

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“I urge the elite to rally around him to do better. I am very satisfied; if I am satisfied, my colleagues should be.”

Responding, Yahaya said that the encomia would encourage him to do more for the state.

“These encomiums from my boss are enough to spur me to do more for our state. I am glad that I have not disappointed Your Excellency (Goje). It simply means that we have not disappointed you.

“It is a confirmation that our government is above board in democratic governance,” he said.

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