Health commissioners declare closure of cholera outbreaks in Borno, Yobe

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By INUSA NDAHI, MAIDUGURI
Borno and Yobe State Governments have declared the closures of
cholera outbreaks without any suspected record case; since December
4 and 14, 2018.
Announcing the outbreak closures on Tuesday at separate news
conference in Maiduguri and Damaturu, the Commissioners of Health,
Dr. Salihu Kwayabura and Muhammed Kawuwa said they have not recorded any
new cases of cholera for two weeks.
Dr. Kwayabura, who was represented by permanent secretary, Ministry of
Health, Alhaji Bukar Allau said: “It is almost four weeks since the
last case was reported in Borno state. The last case was reported on
December 14, 2018,
“When the number of suspected cases significantly declines and all
samples from suspected cholera tested are negative for two weeks, the
outbreak is considered controlled.”
Continuing, the commissioners declared: “Hence, we hereby officially
declare the end of cholera outbreaks in Borno state.”
According to Dr. Kawuwa, Yobe state has not recorded any suspected
cholera case, since December 4, 2018.
Since outbreak of cholera in February and September last year, in
Borno and Yobe states, it however; claimed the lives of 134 people,
while fatality ratios respectively stood at 1.15% and 3.36%.
Allau said that Maiduguri Metropolitan Council (MMC), Jere and Ngala
councils contributed 80% of suspected cholera cases in Borno, while
the remaining cases were reported in 12 council areas of the state.
While in Yobe, Dr. Kawuwa said: “As it stands today (Tuesday), 1,813
cases of cholera have been recorded with 61 associated deaths.
“About 591 cases were recorded in Gulani, 485 in Gujba and 489 in
Damaturu council. There were 248 reported cases in Fune and Potiskum
Local Government Areas.”
He said most of the deaths recorded in the councils, were due to
delays in timely reporting to health centres for treatment.
Allau said that the commitment of state government and technical
support of World Health Organisation (WHO), have mobilized human and
capital resources to end further outbreaks and spread of the water
borne disease.
“WHO’s robust surveillance activities, including early detection,
timely reporting and coordinated response guided the interventions,”
he said, adding that it also helped in controlling the spread of
cholera.
*Photo: Gov Shettima of Borno State
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