The Borno State Commissioner for Health, Haruna Mshelia, has said no fewer than three persons died in fresh cholera outbreak in Kukawa Local Government Area of the state.
Mr Mshelia made the disclosure when Mr. Tedros Ghebrayesus, the Director General, World Health Organization (WHO), visited the WHO’s Emergency and Response Centre on Friday in Maiduguri.
He said that about 700 cases of cholera were recorded in Baga, Doron Baga and Kukawa in the past weeks.
He noted that the state government in collaboration with WHO and other partner agencies scaled up activities to combat the outbreak in the affected communities.
Mr Mshelia, said the state government in the past six months conducted vaccination to control the disease.
The commissioner added that the state government, with the support from WHO and other organizations, had also executed various programmes to control, hepatitis E, malaria, polio, measles, meningitis and other diseases.
Mr Mshelia called for closer collaboration with WHO to enhance healthcare delivery in the state.
Mr Ghebrayesus on his part assured the state of WHO’s commitment to contain the spread of cholera, polio and other diseases in the state.
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He said: “The current cholera outbreak was recorded in areas where vaccination was not conducted. The outbreak would be analyzed to avert future occurrence.”
He commended the state government for demonstrating the political will to control the outbreak and transform healthcare service delivery in the state.