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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Nigeria : Fresh Cholera Outbreak Kills Six In Bauchi

An article from Daily Independent :

" Six people have been confirmed dead and at least 160 infected following the outbreak of gyesteritics in some parts of Bauchi metropolis.

This was disclosed by the Commissioner of Health, Mohammed Yahaya Jalam, to Sunday Independent in his office on Friday. According to him, out of the 160 people infected, 100 have been treated at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital, Bauchi, and discharged while the remaining 60 are still receiving treatment.

And a South African company, Zenith Water Projects, has donated cholera eradication materials to Adamawa and Taraba states to curtail the spread of the disease.

Chief Executive Officer of the company, Nicholas Igwe presented the items to the Minister of Water Resources, Obadiah Ando, in Abuja.

Jalam said the government has been able to locate the wards as affected within the metropolis, and has been able to assist the victims, adding: “We have been able to control it by disinfecting the whole wards, so that it does not break out in other wards and local governments, and we have been able to provide free treatment to all the affected persons.

“What causes this cholera outbreak, especially during rainy season, is that most of the communities do not treat their water before using (drinking) because when there is flood, it goes inside the well, and when such water are taken, one will be infected.”

According to him, after disinfecting the wards, they embarked on sensitisation campaign to make sure that people are aware because “it is only when you know where the problem comes from that they can take precautions."

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