Gombe declares cholera outbreak, records 10 deaths
AREWA AGENDA – No fewer than 10 persons have died and 236 others have been infected with cholera as the epidemic broke out in Gombe State.
Executive Secretary of the Gombe State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Abdulrahman Shuaibu, disclosed this on Thursday while addressing journalists on behalf of the Commissioner for Health, Dr Habu Dahiru, on the outbreak of the disease in the State.
He said as at September 20, 2022, the number of the cases stands at 236, noting that in 2021, the State recorded a total of 2,373 cases within three outbreaks within in previous year.
“This year, from 30th of June, 2022, we had sporadic cases of cholera in Balanga local government area and because of the preparedness and prompt response, it has been largely subdued without escalation.
“We are witnessing an increased downpour of rainfall and resulting flooding in many parts of the State and this resulted into cases of cholera outbreaks in eight Wards across Balanga, Yamaltu-Deba, Nafada, Funakaye and Gombe local government areas.
“The State Ministry of Health has promptly initiated public health actions for prevention and control of cholera. As at yesterday, 20th September, 2022, there is an increased number of cases in Gombe State, 236 cases have been line listed so far,” he said.