Tears and confusion have reportedly taken over the Bida local government area of Niger state as no fewer than 19 persons allegedly died while 65 others have been hospitalised as a result of an outbreak of cholera in the town.
But the local government reportedly issued an official statement confirming 10 deaths and 60 hospitalised.
It was learnt that the town had been without pipe borne water for some time.
This Day reports that some of the victims were admitted at either the Federal Medical Centre or the Abdulmalik Ndayako General Hospital in the town.
The report also quotes an official letter from the local government signed by its secretary, Suleiman Sheshi, on behalf of the chairman as confirming the incident.
The letter dated June 18, 2018, was addressed to the state commissioner for health, saying: “The council had no capacity to contain the outbreak.”
The letter stated that the outbreak happened on Sunday, June 17, adding that at the time it occurred, “only one medical doctor was on call at the hospital due to manpower shortage.
“The General Hospital is lacking medical consumables and adequate facilities to cater for the present ’emergent’ health challenge. Over ten (10) infected with the disease have been confirmed dead.
“The present situation at hand cannot be handled by the Bida LGA alone, part of the reason why this letter is written is to request for superior intervention from the state government.
“Prompt action from your part will, without any doubt, save a lot of lives presently at critical points of survival.”
In a separate letter, the council warned the people of Bida to maintain the highest hygiene in order to avoid the spread of the outbreak.
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It also warned against drinking of unhygienic water, consumption of fruits already sliced for re-sale by grocers, and herbal concoction prepared under poor hygienic conditions.
“Person or persons suspected to have contacted cholera should be rushed to nearby hospitals for treatment without delays.
“On no account should home treatment be used as an option,” the statement said.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that a cholera outbreak in Gashua, Yobe, claimed 13 lives out of 160 cases reported recently.
The report said a source at the Gashua General Hospital told NAN that five deaths were first recorded while eight lives were later lost to the disease.
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