The present Cholera outbreak in Adamawa State, Nigeria has prompted the World Health Organisation (WHO) to deploy 39 personnel to assist in fighting the epidemic ravaging some local governments in the State.
The 39 personnel were deployed in Mubi North and Mubi South local government areas of the State, an official said.
According to a statement released in Abuja on Monday by the WHO Communications Officer, Ms Charity Warigon, as at May 26, about 434 cases of cholera and 13 deaths had been reported in the areas.
Warigon said the personnel deployed would help coordinate partners’ response to the outbreak; support case management; carry out surveillance and contact; and tracing of suspected cases to guide interventions.
She also reviewed that the WHO was also concluding plans to engage additional 15 ad-hoc personnel, who would support efforts at ensuring the outbreak did not spread to other locations.
“The outbreak has necessitated the health authority to activate an Emergency Operations Centre for concerted response and rapid decision-making.
“The transmission rate of the on-going cholera outbreak in Adamawa is indeed worrisome.
“Notwithstanding, WHO is leveraging on its past experience and lessons learnt in controlling major cholera outbreaks in Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps.’’
She said that in response to the outbreak, the organisation has designated a cholera treatment centre at General Hospital, Mubi.
“This will rapidly interrupt transmission; we are already seeing results as the number of cases have been declining.”
Meanwhile, health officials handling the Cholera outbreak have identified contaminated water as the major cause of the epidemic in the area.
“Test carried out on the water points showed that they are positive,” said a UNICEF official who spoke at the meeting.
The Principal Medical Officer (PMO) of Mubi General Hospital, Dr Ezra Sakawa, speaking in the meeting, observed that the town has been experiencing shortage of potable water.
“Coming of the rains probably brought about the contamination of the water source,” he said.
Sakawa noted that the Cholera outbreak in the state was worst in Nasarawo and Yelwa wards, adding that four cases were also brought from Mubi Prisons.