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Borno State Government sets panel on cholera, COVID-19

Borno State Government sets panel on cholera, COVID-19


Borno State Government sets panel on cholera, COVID-19

By Tada Jutha, Maiduguri

The Borno State Government has set up an 11-member committee on the outbreak of cholera and COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

The panel was inaugurated, after the World Health Organisation (WHO) recently trained 21 health champions at the Emergency Operational Centre (EOC), Maiduguri; the state capital.

The UN global health agency resource person at the training said: “The health champions will provide informed decisions with the sensitization of people on preventive measures against cholera.”

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He noted that poverty and poor environmental conditions could also fuel the spread of the disease in communities.

While inaugurating the panel Tuesday in Maiduguri, the Deputy Governor, Umar Kadafur disclosed: “The constitution of the committee became inevitable given government’s commitment to return and resettle 1.7 million displaced persons into communities.”

He said the Ministry of Health had confirmed 43 deaths from 917 reported cases of cholera in 10 Councils, including Maiduguri Metropolitan Council (MMC).

KKadarattributed the outbreaks of cholera to taking contaminated food and drinks in poor environmental conditions.

According to him, to stop the further spread of cholera government has directed all rapid response teams for disease surveillance and control to curb its spread.

He, therefore, urged the people to take precautionary measures, including strict personal hygiene and regular washing of hands before eating and after toilet visits.

Among the terms of reference of the panel, are to determine the extent of cholera outbreak and level of preparedness to contain its spread.

He said while collaborating with other outbreak response teams, the panel should ascertain the cause of cholera.

“You’re to mobilize and coordinate all resources for the control and prevention of the disease in communities,” he said; adding that the panel should activate Councils’ Rapid Response Teams (RRT).

In his response, The chairman of the panel, the Chief of Staff, Prof. Isa Hussaini said: “We’re going to contain this situation and recommend preventative measures that should not happen again.”

The Commissioner of Health and Human Services, Juliana Bitrus, will also serve as secretary of the inaugurated committee.

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Hussaini lamented that it is unbelievable after 60 years of independence, there are still outbreaks of cholera and other diseases.

He said that the panel will work with WHO, as it has the experience and can contact the tracing committee on cholera outbreaks.

Borno State Government sets panel on cholera, COVID-19
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