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Cholera Kills 9 as several hospitalised in Plateau

Agabus Pwanagba

The recent case of Cholera outbreak in Namu District of Qua’an Pan Local Government Area of Plateau State has killed 9 and about 100 have been hospitalized, the State’s Epidemiologist, Dr Raymond Yuryit has confirmed.

Plateau state governor Jonah Jang

Plateau state governor Jonah Jang

African Examiner gathered that more casualties and death toll may increase if immediate action is not taken.

A reliable source told our correspondent that, more deaths may be recorded as a result of the severity of the outbreak.

His words, “More deaths may still be recorded as I speak to you more than 120 persons have been hospitalized, honestly something fast has to be done.

Namu village is hosts to over 7,000 Internally Displaced Persons in the recent unrest that broke out in Assakio village of Obi Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, whom are said to be leaving in deplorable conditions.

The Epidemiologist disclosed this to journalists when the Executive Secretary of the Plateau State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Alhaji Alhassan Barde visited the village to assess the situation.

According to him, “Those that lost their lives, died as a result of poor management of the disease by health workers.

He said those hospitalised had been diagnosed with the disease and had been admitted into various healthcare centres in the Local Government.

The Epidemiologist stressed that the outbreak of the disease was as a result of overcrowding, dirty environment and the consumption of unhygienic food and water.

Most of the Boreholes in the Local Government are not functional, and the wells are left uncovered, I’m advising the villagers to sanitize their environment.

Also speaking, Executive Secretary of the Plateau State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Alhaji Alhassan Barde said the Governor is sadden over the outbreak of cholera in the Local Government, he advised the villages to boil their drinking water and take necessary measures at sanitizing  their homes.

He assured them of Governments commitment in ensuring that all necessary steps are taken to overcome the outbreak.

It would be recalled that on Monday eight people were confirmed death,

while 61 others hospitalized since the outbreak of the disease.



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