Borno State Government on Tuesday said there has been no case of cholera outbreak in the state, even as it stated that the state was on red alert for any outbreak of the killer disease
The Borno State Commissioner for Health, Haruna Mshelia who addressed a press conference on measure put in place to check against cases of cholera epidemic in the state, said all measures are in place to ensure there was an outbreak of cholera in the state.
He recalled that there were 61 deaths as a result of cholera outbreak in the state in 2017, expressing delight that there has not been any clinical proven cholera outbreak in the year 2018.
He said though there have been 1068 cases of Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD) recorded in ten local government areas of the state since the commencement of rainy season in May till date, but the situation has not degenerated to cholera.
He said: “Every time around this time, we have cases of acute watery diarrhoea, caused by bacteria passed through faeces, it is common in rural area, due to open defecation.”
He said that food poisoning, drinking unhygienic water (without boiling), could also be responsible for AWD.
He added that: We prepare every time for this, we train officials for rapid response, there are rapid response team. We have them at the local government level and at the state level; those at the state are more technically competent.”
He said the state government, in collaboration with it’s health partners also trained those at health facilities and make drugs available.
He said: “We have treatment centres already established to take care of this.”
He said specimens from places with cases of AWD have been sent for test of cholera in Abuja and no response to indicate an outbreak has yet been received.
He said: “No one has died of cholera in Borno State this year as we are even yet to confirm an outbreak.”
He however called on the people of the state to be more hygienic conscious, he said: “There is need for more awareness on hygiene. Personal hygiene is very important.