At least eight people have died and 61 hospitalized in Plateau state after an outbreak of cholera in a community where people displaced by conflict in neighbouring areas, live.
Medical authorities confirmed an outbreak of the disease in Namu village in the Qua’pan Local Government Area of the state. Namu, a village at the Plateau and Nasarawa States border, hosts displaced people in the violent crisis that broke out in the Obi Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.
“Yes, there has been an outbreak of cholera in Namu village, eight people have been killed while 61 others have been hospitalised,” the Plateau State Epidemiologist, Dr Raymond Yuryit, said in Namu on Sunday.
Mr Yuryit spoke when he received Alhassan Barde, the Executive Secretary of the Plateau State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), who had gone to assess the situation.
He said that those hospitalized had been diagnosed with the disease and were admitted into various health centres.
Mr Yuryit attributed the outbreak to overcrowding, dirty environment and the consumption of unhygienic food and water.
Cholera kills within the shortest possible time because it dehydrates the victim, leading to severe gastro-intestinal impact. The medical expert explained further that the Namu victims suffered chronic diarrhoea and vomiting, saying that many had been hit by the disease before government intervened.
The specialist said that the epidemic was not altogether a surprise as the area had lots of internally-displaced persons from Nasarawa State, a development that had put much pressure on the environment and portable drinking water.
“But we are happy that the situation is already under control,” he said.