Borno state has had no fewer than 530 suspected cases of cholera and 29 already confirmed dead from the ailment.
This was disclosed on Thursday in a statement by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
“Over 530 suspected cases had been registered as of September 5, 2017, including 23 deaths (4.3 per cent fatality rate).
“The outbreak is mainly in Muna Garage, a camp hosting at least 20,000 internally displaced persons on the outskirts of the state capital, Maiduguri.
“Although most cases have been identified in Muna Garage camp, others have been identified in Custom House, Ruwan Zafi and Bolori II, all camps located near Muna Garage.
“There have also been reports of a suspected cholera outbreak in Monguno and Dikwa local government areas, northeast and east of Maiduguri, respectively,” OCHA said.
In response to this outbreak, the UN agency said the State Ministry of Health has established one 30-bed Cholera Treatment Centre with the support of humanitarian partners in Muna Garage camp., the Rural Water and Sanitation Agency and humanitarian
Added to these are two Oral Rehydration Points and regular visits to households to encourage individuals with cholera-like symptoms to be screened.
“By communicating at household level in this way, health partners have visited more than 1,300 households which resulted in the identification of 53 suspected cases of cholera.
“Hygiene promoters have carried out door to door hygiene sensitization and have distributed chlorination tablets.
“In addition, special interventions are being undertaken to prevent the spread of cholera in the markets where people buy food.
“Humanitarian organisations have also repaired water points, distributed hygiene kits, carried out the water chlorination of water points and pumping units, and completed disinfection spraying of shelters and latrines,” the office said.
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