Recent Yobe cholera outbreak has claimed 61 lives with 50 others still on admission in hospitals across the state as the state government on Friday confirmed 906 fresh cases.
According to the statement released in Damaturu on Friday by Dr Muhammad Kawuwa, the Commissioner for Health, Acute Water Diarrhea (AWD) cases were reported in some parts of the state and later confirmed to be cholera after laboratory tests.
“Some of the AWD cases were caused by Vibrio bacterae, the bacteria that cause cholera,” the commissioner said.
He also stated that 906 cases were recorded in six local government areas of the state: Gujba, Gulani, Damaturu, Fune, Potiskum and Nangere in two months.
“Over 795 patients were successfully treated and discharged, 50 are still on admission in various health facilities across the state.
“Unfortunately, we lost 61 patients mainly due to delays in timely reporting to the healthcare facilities for life saving treatment.”
Kawuwa said the Ministry of Health, the World Health Organisation (WHO), University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Abuja were authenticating the causes of the outbreak.
“In the light of this and due to our continued concern for the health of our people, the state government is therefore declaring outbreak cholera in the state.”
He said this was necessary to scale up response with the support of the international partners.