The Borno State government has confirmed the death of 43 persons from a cholera outbreak in the state and 559 suspected cases.
The Commissioner for Health, Juliana Bitrus said, the outbreak was recorded in seven local government areas, namely, Gwoza, Kaga, Hawul, Magumeri, Damboa, Maiduguri Metropolitan and Jere Local Government Areas of the state.
She said 354 cases were recorded in Gwoza with 18 deaths, while Hawul recorded 126 cases with 11 deaths.
The commissioner said, “The remaining are Kaga with 22 cases and two deaths, Magumeri with six cases and one death, and Damboa with 39 cases and 10 deaths.
“Jere has eight cases with one death while Maiduguri has four cases with no death.”
She also said that the state did not record any cholera cases in 2019 and 2020.
The commissioner said the government had directed all rapid response teams for disease surveillance and control in the affected LGAs to ensure timely response to all suspected cases.
She urged the public to take precautionary measures by observing strict hygiene.
She also urged the residents to treat drinking water with aqua tablets or by chlorination and ensure that all those who died from the disease are buried in line with IPC protocol.