DETERMINED to avert a reoccurence of cholera outbreak in the state, Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency (BSPHCDA) has chlorinated 15 wells, most in vulnerable communities.
Disclosing this to journalists in Bauchi, recently, the Executive Secretary, BSPHCDA, Dr Naseer Aliyu, stated that only 10 people lost their lives as a result of the recent cholera outbreak in the state, saying that these were among the hundreds who were brought to health facilities for treatment.
According to him, the most vulnerable communities in the state capital were Kandahar, Illelah, Doya and Bakaro, adding that a few cases were recorded in the rural areas of the state.
Dr Aliyu stated that the agency was not leaving any stone unturned in curtailing the outbreak of the deadly disease, adding that apart from the chlorination of wells in the affected communities, gutters and houses in the areas were also fumigated with a view to controlling the spread of the disease.
He disclosed that those brought to health facilities for treatment were treated free, adding that this was made possible with the support of donor agencies like the United Nations Children Education Funds (UNICEF), Doctors Without Borders, the Bauchi State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), as well as the Bauchi State government.
While commending traditional and religious leaders for their support, particularly in sensitising their followers on the need to maintain clean environment, the executive secretary lamented that the fresh cases of the cholera being recorded now were found among Almajiris, who he said mostly depended on leftover foods, with no decent sleeping environment.
He disclosed that over 30 Almajiris had been discovered with the symptoms of cholera, saying that they were currently receiving treatment at various health centres in the state.
“The situation is under control,” Dr Aliyu assured, adding that, “I commended our religious and traditional leaders for sensitising their wards on sanitation of their immediate environment if not because of that more people would have been affected.”
He assured that the state government was doing every thing possible to ensure that people of the state had access to potable water.
According to him: “The Bauchi State government has directed the state water board to check and change old water pipes that passed through gutters to people’s residents and ensure safe drinking water to communities across the state.”
He added that BSPHCDA had also drilled three boreholes in vulnerable communities, while the agency had embarked on awareness campaign to make sure that people of the state live a healthy life.
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