Cholera has killed no fewer than 20 persons in Bauchi State, the Commissioner for Health, Dr Aliyu Maigoro, has said on Tuesday.
According to him, the index case was a 37- year- old housewife, who was admitted at the Burra General Hospital on April 24, 2021 in Ningi Local Government Area.
He said upon her admission, it was discovered there is an ongoing outbreak of similar disease in neighboring communities like Sumaila and other Local Government Areas of Kano State, which may have spread to Bauchi.
Health authorities in the state suspect that the water supply in the affected communities is responsible for the outbreak.
The latest outbreak of the disease in the state hit the capital, Bauchi the most with 147 cases recorded there, out of the 322 cases confirmed cases in nine local government areas.
“As of today, we have 322 reported cases out of which we lost about 20 patients. This brings the fatality rate to almost 6.2,” Dr Maigoro told journalists on Tuesday.
“Based on the epidemiological pattern and the clinical diagnosis, the physicians and response team are aware of the case definition and we have been following this event closely.”
Due to the outbreak, the state has activated its rapid response team and isolation centres in all the general hospitals of the affected local government areas, while four cholera treatment units have also been activated in the Bauchi metropolis.
The four cholera treatment units activated are at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital; Specialist Hospital, Bauchi; Urban Maternity; and Primary Health Center, Kandahar.
Dr. Maigoro said that Health officials are working with the community and religious leaders to sensitise local residents.