Cholera kills two in Bauchi
.Adewole, health minister
By Rita Michael
Two people have been confirmed dead following a cholera outbreak in Bauchi.
The Chairman of Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Agency, Ibrahim Gamawa, disclosed this in Bauchi. According to him, 20 new cases had been reported.
He said out of the 20 new cases, two died in Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH) and the remaining 18 patients were responding to treatment in the same hospital.
Gamawa said that the 20 new cases came from four different locations within Bauchi metropolis. The affected areas are Danmar A and B Isangaya school, Hardo within Kobi ward, Makama B at Nasarawa Jahun and Makama A Gwallaga.
The chairman said that his agency had adequate drugs like ORS solutions, chlorine for disinfection etc that will help the public against the disease, stressing that they have started disinfecting the whole areas in the state.
Gamawa also called on the people of the state to cultivate good personal hygiene and keep their environment clean.
He said, "Allowing your environment to be dirty, none washing of hands and eating any how is the cause of the outbreak of cholera. If we keep a good hygiene, we should do alot of hand washing during this period; by doing all these, this disease will die away the way it started".
He said that a sensitisation campaign in the media and other channels was being carried to sensitise people on the disease and how to avoid it.