Cholera outbreak: Bauchi gets 1. 5m doses of vaccine as State Governor appeals for cooperation by people
Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Mohammed takes a dose of the cholera vaccine
By Akanji Alowolodu, Bauchi
Bauchi State Government has received a total of 1.5m doses of Cholera vaccine to be administered of 750,000 people in two doses each to protect them against the outbreak of the disease.
The disclosure was made by the Executive Chairman of BASPHCDA, Dr Rilwanu Mohammed during the official flagging off of the vaccination by the State Governor, Sen Bala Mohammed Abdulkadir held on Wednesday at the Banquet Hall of the Government House.
Rilwanu Mohammed however lamented that In spite of the outbreak of Cholera in the state which has so far claimed over 50 lives, people of the state have refused to take the vaccination against the disease.
Rilwanu Mohammed while giving an overview of the situation during the official flagging off of the vaccination by the state Governor said that there great apathy by the people towards the exercise which ends on Wednesday but extended to Friday.
Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Mohammed Abdulkadir administering the cholera vaccine on a little girl
Rilwanu Mohammed lamented that though the people have been told of the importance of the vaccination which is to protect them against infection, the vaccines have been rejected pointing out that some people even went to the extent of chasing away the facilitators of the vaccination.
He appealed to traditional rulers in the state to talk to their subjects on the need to be vaccinated.
Rilwanu Mohammed further appealed to religious leaders to educate their adherents on the importance of the vaccination in order to reduce the rate of infection saying that 3 LGAs of Bauchi, Ningi and Toro are the worst hit by the outbreak.
While flagging off the vaccination exercise, Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Mohammed who took a drop of the oral vaccine called on the people of the state to seize the opportunity offered by allowing themselves to be vaccinated against the killer disease.
The Governor said that, “since the outbreak of the cholera, I directed that all the victims should be treated free of charge as the government will provide all that is needed for such treatment. We thank our development partners for their prompt response to the call for action against the outbreak”.
He called on the people of the state to as a matter of necessity release themselves to take the vaccination against the disease because according to him it is the only means to prevent spread of the infection.
Bala Mohammed assured that government will soon make available the sum of N45m to enable the volunteers to go to the nooks and crannies of the State with the campaign to enlighten the populace on the need to take the vaccination.
He further directed that the BASPHCDA should take charge of the funds and make it available to all the volunteers across the state stressing that everything possible must be done to keep the state and its people healthy.
The Governor while tracing the cause of the outbreak of Cholera to lack of good water, hygiene and sanitation said that the water project is at 65% completion while the relevant agencies have been charged to ensure improvement on water, sanitation and hygiene among the people.
In his remarks, the Emir of Bauchi, Dr Rilwanu Suleiman Adamu assured the Governor that the traditional rulers in the state will do everything possible to ensure that the program succeeded.