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Cholera outbreak: Bauchi records zero death 2020, as surveillance intensifies- Agency

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Cholera outbreak: Bauchi records zero death 2020, as surveillance intensifies- Agency

By Ahmed Ahmed

The Executive Chairman Bauchi State Primary Health Development Agency Dr Rilwanu Mohammed has said the state will record zero cholera death in 2020 just as surveillance was intensified across the state.

Mohammed disclosed on a Television program in Bauchi on Thursday that he attributed the recurrent cholera outbreaks in the state especially in the capital to floods and poor hygiene.

He uncovered that about 260 people were reported to have contracted cholera this year adding that the rapid response by the agency prevented further spread of the disease.

He said none of the affected persons died of the disease in the state.

Dr Mohammmed said the adopted and intensifies surveillance and prompt reporting in the control and prevention of cholera that will allows rapid containment of cholera epidemics

According to him, cholera exists as a seasonal disease occurring annually and mostly during rainy seasons.

“As such, proper surveillance systems provide early alerts to outbreaks, enabling coordinated and fast-track response as well as development of preparedness plans.

Efficient surveillance systems can also improve the risk assessment for potential cholera outbreaks.

“Also understanding the seasonality and location of outbreaks provides guidance for improving cholera control activities for the most vulnerable, he said.

He said for cholera prevention to be effective, it is paramount that cholera cases should be adequately reported to health authorities.

According to him, the agency chlorinated 5, 000 wells in the metropolis with a view to disinfecting them.

He called on businessmen to construct commercial public toilets at markets and motorparks so as to stop open defecation and urination that cause cholera and other infections.

On her part Mrs Deborah Kogi Water Sanitation and Hygiene Specialist in Bauchi explained that cholera remains a global threat to public health and is an indicator of inequity and lack of social development.

“multifaceted approach is vital to prevent, control, and to reduce the rate of deaths from cholera.

“ Importantly, a combination of political will on the part of the government, surveillance, water purification and hygiene, social mobilization, and oral cholera vaccination should be used in combating the menace,” she said

She urged the public to ensure all food is well cooked before consumption and to avoid eating fruits and vegetables in raw form, except after washing them in clean water or peeling them yourself.

“Avoid open defecation and indiscriminate refuse dumping and ensure proper disposal of waste and clearing of sewage.

She added upon any signs and symptoms of cholera such as sudden watery diarrhea, a healthcare facility should be visited immediately.

A discussion at the Television Mr Magaji Barde from Women Development Association for Self-Sustenance (WODASS) in Bauchi pointed out that Political will on the part of the government, policy makers is needed to create a legal basis for fighting cholera.

“By investing in drinking water systems, sanitation systems and sewage treatment plants.

“This could be achieved through enacting laws that would improve and provide clean water for all,” he said

Barde noted that personal hygiene should be constant and paramount.

“Hands must be washed frequently with soap and clean water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer should be used if soap and water are not available.

He advocated for massive sensitization and measures to increase public awareness should be carried out in cholera-endemic areas.

Barde said warnings about possible cholera contamination should be posted around water sources, with directions on how to decontaminate drinking water for safer use.

Our correspondent reported that the program was organized by Women Development Association for Self-Sustenance (WODASS) Dass and supported by WaterAid Nigeria.

Cholera outbreak: Bauchi records zero death 2020, as surveillance intensifies- Agency

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