There are indications that fatalities arising from the ravaging cholera outbreak in some parts of Bauchi state is taking an alarming twist. That is, if recent reports emanating from the state, which indicate that 15 of the state’s 20 council areas are already affected, out of which 37 persons are confirmed dead, is anything to go by.
The first news of the outbreak was announced in May 25, 2021 by the state’s former commissioner, Dr Aliyu Maigoro, while releasing details of a 37 year-old house wife, admitted at the Burra General Hospital with a confirmed case. Dr Maigoro went on to add that 20 persons had died from the disease with 322 more affected but being managed at the time.
But between then and now, the disease has not only spread beyond its first identified nine council area catchment locations, it has gone as far as adding six more, bring the total to 15 of the state’s 20 council areas. According to figures released from data made available by Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, BSPHDA, the state’s current infection rate stands at 1,799 with 37 confirmed mortalities.
Head of BSPHDA, Dr Rilwan Mohammed, disclosed that the state government is not unaware of either the present state of the disease or the urgency required to hem in its spread. According to him, the government is already collaborating with certain international donor agencies for the construction of a 100-bed capacity cholera treatment centre, CTC, at the state specialist hospital to take care of the victims.
Meanwhile, the state, according to Dr. Mohammed, has mandated that treatment of the victims should be done for free with a view to augmenting the victims’ economic hardship. The development, Dr. Mohammed added, means that the victims will have all necessary medication and treatment readily made available at no cost. He urged residents of the state to imbibe the culture of cleanliness at all time.
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