Seven internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Borno State have died of cholera while at least 200 have been admitted to hospitals, Daily Trust reports.
According to a rescue worker who spoke in confidence with the media house, 50 patients were admitted to hospitals on Sunday, September 3. Three weeks ago, about 100 cholera patients were discharged from Muna and Dala cholera treatment centers.
“We have holistic measures to address this cholera outbreak urgently, although people are dying day by day. More than 100 people are affected so far, and 51 people were admitted yesterday,” the rescue worker said.
“In the last 24 hours, we have received over 50 patients at MSF’s cholera treatment unit in Dala. The total number of patients admitted from the start of the outbreak till now is over 200 with 100 discharges and seven dead.”
Heavy rainfall and subsequent flooding in Borno State caused the cholera outbreak, according to Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF).
MSF Medical Director Anna Cillers told reporters in Maiduguri that measures have been put in place to prevent the further spread of cholera across the metropolis and IDP camps.
Haruna Mshelia, Borno State Commissioner of Health, said precautions are being taken to stop the spread of the disease.
Mr. Mshelia said he cannot confirm the number of those who have died of the disease but he will “continue to visit all camps in Maiduguri and ensure that the epidemic does not further spread to claim more lives.”