Cholera claims 20, 16 hospitalised in Adamawa
By Joseph Adahnu, Yola
Despite Adamawa State fight against deadly diaeases residents of Ngbalang community in Numan Local Government Area are calling on the state government to intervene in addressing cases of cholera outbreak that has claimed twenty lives and many hospitalised.
Speaking to journalists in a phone interview, Youth Leader of Gbalang community, Mallam Umar Sadau, (Sarkin Matasa) said that in the last few day they lost 20 people and 16 were receiving medical care at the Numan General Hospital and Gbalang Dispensary.
Sadau stated that the deadly disease which is currently ravaging the community has taken its toll on the community lamenting that when a victim become affected can die same day or the next, if no medical attention is given to him or her.
He noted that they have reported to the matter to Health officials of Numan Local government Area but no response yet.
Confirming the incident, Director Public Health in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Laori Celine said the outbreak reported in their records was that of Numan council as a whole.
Dr. Laori explained that record has shown that 15 cases were reported with one dead noting that interventions have been accorded to the communities in area of source of water and Hygiene awareness.
She said that some Non governmental organisations (NGOs) with specialisation on health and census have been engaged by the Ministry and are working on the situation in the area.
“Our records have shown 15 cases of cholera outbreak and one dead in Numan LGA as interventions such as provision of Aqua Tabs, Awareness on hygiene are given.
“We also engaged some NGOs to support us in reaching out to the affected communities”, Laori maintained.