By Chioma Iruke
At least thirty seven (37) persons have lost their lives as a result of a recent cholera outbreak in Nigeria’s North Eastern state of Bauchi.
Recall that the immediate past Commissioner for Health in the State, Dr Aliyu Maigoro, had on 25th May, 2021, announced the outbreak, saying that 20 people had died from the disease.
The index case was said to be a 37-year-old housewife who was reported with the disease at the Burra General Hospital on 24th April, 2021.
The Executive Chairman, Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Rilwan Mohammed made the disclosure in a recent update on Monday.
Thhe Chairman stated that the disease had spread to 15 local government areas of the state from the initial nine.
He said that 1,799 cases were recorded from May 25 to the time of compiling the report.
He listed that the affected LGAs as Ganjuwa, Dass, Bauchi, Giade, Jama’are, Darazo, Misau, Ningi and Shira, Warji, Zaki, Alkaleri, Tafawa Balewa, Shira and Kirfi.
Mohammed said Bauchi LGA was the worst hit with 1,334 cases and 18 deaths while Toro had 165 cases, Ningi 91 cases and Dass 60 cases with four, three and two deaths respectively.
He added that Misau LGA recorded 44 cases with four deaths, while Tafawa Balewa LGA recorded 41 cases also with four deaths.