Borno free of cholera outbreak – Commissioner
The Borno Government on Thursday declared that the state is cholera free sequel to the successful control of an outbreak of the disease.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Haruna Mshelia, made this known at a news conference in Maiduguri.
He said the state government in collaboration with World Health Organisation (WHO) and development partners had effectively controlled the cholera outbreak which was first recorded on Aug. 16.
“Today, we are more than two weeks without any case reported and this signifies that we have come to the end of this outbreak,’’ Mshelia, who was represented by Dr Muhammad Ghuluze, said.
“The preparedness of the health cluster to respond to cholera outbreak; effective partner coordination, and swift activation of the emergency operation centre, efficient case management and surveillance were the strong points that helped disrupt transmission and reduce mortality by about one per cent,” he said.
Mshelia disclosed further that over 5,000 cases of the disease were recorded with 61 deaths in the six affected local government areas of the state.
He listed the affected areas as Jere, Maiduguri, Dikwa, Monguno, Mafa and Guzamala.
The commissioner attributed the outbreak to the weakening health system due to Boko Haram insurgency and over population at Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps.
According to him, the state government has inoculated 950,000 persons against the disease as part of effort to prevent future outbreak.
Mshelia reiterated the state government commitments to enhance quality healthcare delivery in the state.
He commended WHO and other organisations for their contributions to the improvement of healthcare services in the state.