Cholera outbreak kills 20 in Adamawa
By Matthew ELOYI
A cholera outbreak has killed about 20 residents in the Gbalang community of Numan Local Government Area of Adamawa State.
According to the youth leader of the Gbalang community, Mallam Umar Sadau (Sarkin Matasa), about 16 members of the community are currently hospitalized as a result of the outbreak at Numan General Hospital and Gbalang dispensary.
He lamented that the outbreak has taken a huge toll on the residents, explaining that victims of the disease died on a daily basis mostly on the day they were infected.
He assured that the community has reported the outbreak of the disease to the health officials of Numan Local Government Area, stating that as of the time he spoke with the media, no help from the government or organization has come their way to cushion the effect of the outbreak.
The Director of Public Health in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Laori Celine, confirmed the outbreak of the disease, saying that the outbreak reported in their records was that of the Numan council as a whole.
She noted that the record has shown that 15 cases were reported with one fatality, explaining that the ministry has adequately responded to the emergency and is treating the affected ones.
According to her, some non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with specialization in health and census have been engaged by the ministry and are working on the situation in the area.