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Cholera Outbreak In Some Parts Of Borno State Will Be Contained – WHO

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bornoThe World Health Organisation (WHO) says it is in partnership with the Nigerian Government vaccinate people over the age of one years in Borno against cholera outbreak.

Dr Wondi Alemu, the WHO Representative in Nigeria, said in a statement recently.

Alemu said to do this Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, a coalition of developing countries and donor governments in collaboration with WHO have delivered 915,005 doses of Oral Cholera Vaccine to the country.

“The Federal Government of Nigeria through the NCDC and the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) in collaboration with the WHO, UNICEF and other partners are all supporting the Borno ministry of health.

“We would leave no stone unturned to ensure that the current cholera outbreak in some parts of Borno state is contained shortly.

“The Government at all levels is working closely with partners to improve the sanitation situation, conducting hygiene promotion and disinfection of the affected areas where the campaign will take place including the Maiduguri Municipal Council.

“Following heavy rainfall and lack of access to safe water, more than 2,600 suspected cholera cases have been reported in Borno.

“As at September 16, more than 40 deaths have been recorded since the first case was confirmed in mid-August.

“The majority of cases have been detected in the Muna IDP camp on the outskirts of Borno state’s capital Maiduguri which houses 20,000 people who have fled the Boko Haram conflict.

“The number of suspected cholera cases has also increased dramatically in Dikwa and Monguno areas in the past few weeks,” Alemu said.

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