61 persons recover from cholera outbreak in Gombe

Chima Azubuike

No fewer than 61 persons have recovered from the cholera outbreak in Kalajanga community, Akko Local Government Area of Gombe State.

Gombe State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Habu Dahiru, disclosed this in a statement, noting that with the treatment and recovery of 61 persons, the state is now free of cholera.

Recall that on 27th May 2021, Dahiru declared an outbreak of cholera in Akko LGA, where 7 persons including a two-year-old child were said to have died with six others hospitalised in government facilities.

The Akko outbreak is the second time the state is witnessing a cholera outbreak in 2021.
Dahiru said, “Following the recent cholera outbreak in Kalajanga, Akko LGA, 61 persons were successfully treated and discharged. Citizens of the state must ensure good food hygiene by drinking only potable water and consumption of hygienically prepared foods.

“The general public are also encouraged to present themselves to health facilities if they notice symptoms like vomiting and diarrhea.”

Dahiru disclosed further that the surveillance team of the State Ministry of Health would continue to be on alert to prevent a future outbreak of cholera.

“The Ministry of Health will continue to respond to public health emergencies in line with the prioritised health agenda of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya whose timely intervention contributed to the speedy control of the outbreak.

“Measures taken by the Ministry to mitigate the spread of the disease include; Activation of Incident Management System at the public health emergency operation center (PHEOC), setting up of a treatment and rehydration centre at Bogo Model PHC where patients are managed free of charge.

“Others are; daily provision of potable water to affected communities by tankers of Gombe State Water Cooperation free of charge and environmental decontamination,” Dahiru said.

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