Again, the outbreak of cholera epidemic has been reported in at least four states in Nigeria and it has so far claimed scores of lives, reports Weekly Trust
In the last couple of days, some states in Nigeria have come under the spell of cholera epidemic. And aside those still anguishing in hospitals from the attack, the incredible death toll also give cause for concern. Weekly Trust investigations show that Plateau, Sokoto, Zamfara and Lagos States have been hit by cholera epidemic.
Zamfara recorded 1,117 cases with official confirmation of 72 deaths in two weeks. Unofficial sources said the casualty figure is higher as the official statistics did not reflect those that died either at home or before reaching the hospitals.
According to the Medical teams managing the cholera outbreak in the state, Gusau recorded the highest number of cholera cases followed by, Zurmi, Maradun and Bakura local government areas.
At the Shagari Primary Health Care Center and other affected places ninety fresh cases were recorded in a day, official said.
In Namu, a small village in Quan'Pan Local Government Area of Plateau State, with just one Primary Healthcare Clinic (PHC) and no decent source of drinking water had to suddenly cater for an additional 6,490 displaced people from Nasarawa State.
Weekly Trust gathered that over 6,000 internally displaced persons from the violence in Obi Local Government Area of Nasarawa State have relocated to Namu for refuge and are presently housed in a camp. Reports say the cholera outbreak started in the camp of the displaced persons, who eat, sleep and use the same latrines with the indigenes of Namu.