Cholera Outbreak Kills 3 Pupils In Gombe School
The cholera outbreak in Adamawa State seems to have spread to neighbouring Gombe.
It has claimed some pupils in a school in Madaki local council area.
At least three of them died as a result of the disease outbreak at Tsangaya Islamic school.
Another 27 persons have also been hospitalised.
The Commissioner of Health in Gomber State, Dr Kennedy Ishaya, confirmed the outbreak to reporters in Gombe on Sunday.
He had visited Madaki Primary Health Care facility where the victims are hospitalised for close observation.
Dr. Ishaya said within three days, 30 children from Tsangaya Islamic school had contracted the disease of which three had died.
Fifteen of the hospitalised persons have been treated and discharged while 12 are still receiving treatment at the facility.
According to him, government has stocked all health facilities in Gombe with sufficient drugs and advised people not to hesitate to report any suspected case to the nearest facility.
The commissioner also appealed to the health personnel working in the health facilities to take all necessary steps to avoid the risk of infection.
“Make sure you observe Nightingale principles; no chewing of kola or chewing gum during working hours.
“Come to the hospital with two pairs of clothing. When going home, drop the one you worked with and wear another one ,’’ he said.
He also appealed to Muslim faithful performing ablution to make sure they use clean water from good source to avoid contamination.
The outbreak of cholera in the school is coming weeks after outbreak of cholera in Adamawa a neighbouring State for which the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a warning.
WHO had warned that if the outbreak of cholera in parts of the northeast state continues; it may spread to other areas and across the border to Cameroon posing a major public health threat.
The organisation on its Twitter page said a month into the outbreak, it has recorded 1,168 cases and 20 deaths in Mubi North and Mubi South Local Government Areas of the state.