As over 300 persons have been hospitalized following an outbreak of the Cholera outbreak in Dass Local Government Area of Bauchi State, the state government and the ActionAid have called for immediate intervention by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
Recall that in June 17, the State Primary Health Care Development Agency, said that over 2,800 persons were hospitalised while 42 deaths were recorded.
The Director of Programmes, Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency (BASPHCDA) Hajia Suwaiba Yakubu Jibrin was in Dass Local Government Area of the state where she assessed the situation of the outbreak in the area.
“There is an urgent need for the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to come to the aid of the people of Bauchi State to stem the spread of the disease to other communities.
“It is even surprising that the NCDC is yet to wade in despite a report of 591 confirmed cases between 29th May to July 16th 2021,” she said.
The Agency Director implored households to observe critical hygiene rules by ensuring that food is always prepared under hygienic conditions, saying that the disease can be contacted through contaminated food and water.
Meanwhile the ActionAid Nigeria has urged the Bauchi State government and NCDC to declare a state of emergency over the outbreak in the state to save the residents from the disease.
The Residence Programme Coordinator of ActionAid, Mr Anicetus Atakpu said that ActionAid donated 1,500 kits to (Cholera Treatment Centres) CTC in Bauchi, Ningi, Dass and Toro.
“Our visit to cholera hotspot in Bauchi state has convinced us to believe that what we have donated was just a drop in the ocean and we feel more international agencies should also render help to the state in order to halt the spread of cholera” He said
He commended the Bauchi State government for its effort so far.