Maiduguri, Sept. 16, 2017 (TNE) The Borno Government is to begin mass vaccination of adults and children following the loss of at least 44 people to cholera outbreak.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Haruna Mshelia, said this at a press conference in Maiduguri.
Mshelia said that the maiden cholera immunisation exercise would commence on Sept. 18, in areas worst affected by the disease.
“We have in stock about 950, 000 doses of oral cholera vaccines. The exercise is the first of its kind in the state.
“The vaccines will be administered to children of age one and above, as well as adults.
“The outbreak started in August and continuing till now,” he said.
Mshelia listed the affected areas as Maiduguri, Konduga, Jere, Monguno and Dikwa Local Government Areas.
He said that 1, 925 suspected cases of the disease were recorded while 44 persons have died.
The commissioner explained that most of the patients were treated and discharged at the Cholera Treatment Units (CTU) and Oral Rehydration Therapy points (ORT) set up in the affected areas.
“Most of those who died reported to the clinics late or died at home. It is not all the deaths that were due to cholera.
Mshelia added that the state government, in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO), Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF) and other organisations had adopted proactive measures to control the disease.
The commissioner explained that government had scaled up activities to contain the disease and embarked on sensitisation activities to promote good environmental and personal hygiene habits in the communities.
“We embarked on social mobilisation activities to create awareness and enlighten the public on the need to keep clean environment, wash hands before eating and after visiting toilet.
“We also distributed chlorine tablets and advised people not to drink water from sources they are not sure of, boil water regularly before drinking, clean your surroundings and cover your toilets.
“In fact these measures are even more important to block the sources of infection.”
Mshelia restated government’s commitment to contain the spread of the disease and enhance healthcare delivery in the state. (TNE)