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The Borno State Commissioner for Health, Mrs Juliana Bitrus has confirmed that 43 people have died as a result of cholera outbreak in the state.

Bitrus, who made the confirmation at a briefing yesterday in Maiduguri, the state capital, said the state had so far recorded 559 suspected cases.

She said the outbreak was recorded in Gwoza, Kaga, Hawul, Magumeri, Dambao, Maiduguri Metropolitan and Jere local government areas.

According to her, 354 cases were recorded in Gwoza with 18 deaths while Hawul recorded 126 cases with 11 deaths.

“The other areas are Kaga with 22 cases and two deaths, Magumeri with six cases and one death, and Damboa with 39 cases and 10 deaths.

“Jere has eight cases with one death while Maiduguri has four cases with no death,” the commissioner said.

Bitrus, however, noted that the state did not record any cholera case in 2019 and 2020.

She said the government had directed all Rapid Response Teams for disease surveillance and control in the affected local government areas to ensure timely response to all suspected cases.

“Active case search in communities is ongoing while about 10 CTC/CTU has been established in the affected areas.

“All secondary health facilities have been directed to create isolation wards for management of cholera cases,” Bitrus said.

Source:- The Nation

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