No fewer than three persons died in a fresh cholera outbreak in Kukawa Local Government area of Borno, the Commissioner for Health, Dr Haruna Mshelia, has said.

This comes after cases of cholera were recorded in Baga, Doron Baga and Kukawa in the past weeks.

Mshelia made the disclosure when the Director General, World Health Organization (WHO), Dr Tedros Ghebrayesus, visited the WHO’s Emergency and Response Centre on Friday in Maiduguri.

He said that the state government in collaboration with WHO and other partner agencies had scaled up activities to combat the outbreak in the affected communities.

Part of their efforts in the past six months was conducting vaccination to control the disease, but apparently more still needs to be done.

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The way to go would be to upgrade collaboration with WHO to enhance healthcare delivery in the state.

The WHO DG agreed and promised that the agency would do more to contain the spread of cholera, polio and other diseases in the state.

“The current cholera outbreak was recorded in areas where vaccination was not conducted. The outbreak would be analysed to avert future occurrence,” he said.

For him, the state government has not done badly, having demonstrated the political will to control the outbreak and transform healthcare service delivery in the state.

It would be recalled that 61 persons died of cholera between June and December 2017.

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