A cholera epidemic might be in the offing as an outbreak has been reported in Plateau state resulting in the death of 3 people with an additional 34 already hospitalized.
Chairman of Wase local government, Zakari Abdul on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 told newsmen that the outbreak was reported n Gambur area of the council on Sunday, August 3, 2014 leading to the loss of 3 lives.
Abdul while bemoaning the lost lives however added that the 34 people hospitalized are currently receiving and responding to treatment by the council’s medical staff.
Stating that he has reported the matter to the Ministry of Health for assistance considering the number of persons affected in order to avoid the possibility of an epidemic, he urged residents of the affected area and of the entire council to be hygienic in order to prevent its spread.
“People should ensure that they properly wash their hands before eating food, wash vegetables and fruits very well before eating, as well as have good and clean toilet,” he said.
The Health Commissioner, Dr Fom Dakwak, confirmed the development, saying that the state government had dispatched a medical team from the ministry with drugs and other facilities to the affected areas.
Speaking through the Director of Primary Health Care Department, Mr. Ayuba Ahuta, the council chief said this was the second time the council was experiencing cholera outbreak, as two persons died last month while 40 were affected in the outbreak in Gaji, Zak and Wase town.