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Borno records 680 cases of suspected cholera, 18 deaths

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As the Ministry of Health in Borno State declared an outbreak of cholera in the state, a total of 680 cases of suspected cholera have been recorded in eight local government areas (LGAs), including 18 deaths, as of September 7, 2018.

 

This was contained in a bulletin issued by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs yesterday. According to the data, this represents a fatality rate of 2.6 per  cent. The first suspected cases were recorded on August 19, 2018.

 

The following cases have been recorded: Jere, 218 including two deaths; Magumeri, 156 including four deaths; Maiduguri Metropolitan Council (MMC), 141 including five deaths; Chibok, 85 including three deaths; Konduga, 38 including three deaths; Kaga, 28 including one death; Damboa, eight; and Shani, six. Going by the response, Borno State Ministry of Health, with the support of humanitarian partners, is coordinating the response through the Emergency Operation Centre (EOC).

 

The statement said that currently, a 100-bed Cholera Treatment Centre (CTC) is operational in Dala (a locality in MMC), and in Magumeri LGA a Cholera Treatment Unit (CTU) has been set up in an existing health facility. Oral Rehydration Points (ORPs) have also been set up in El-Miskin, Muna Garage and Customs House camps for internally displaced people. Additional resources are urgently needed to strengthen the response for timely containment of the outbreak, the statement said.

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