The recent cholera outbreak in Namu village, Quan Pan Local Government Area of Plateau State resulted in the death of 30 people, contrary to the eight deaths recently reported by medical authorities, community heads told Daily Trust yesterday.
Namu, a village along the state’s border with neighbouring Nasarawa which presently hosts over 6,000 displaced persons from the violent crisis in Obi Local government Area of Nasarawa State has been plagued by cholera from which the state government confirmed eight deaths and 61 hospitalized.
However, the acting District Head of the village, Alhaji Abubakar Sadiq, yesterday told Daily Trust that the numbers had been down-played and that most of those killed were women.
He said; “This is as a result of the congestion. Both indigenes of the village and the displaced have been affected and I can count over 10 of the indigenes that have died from this disease including my brother’s wife, my neighbour and her daughter.”
However, Damar Wapnan, the Disease, Surveillance and Notification officer of Quan Pan Local Government Area, who is presently overseeing Namu, said: “What is presently on record is that we have nine deaths and 68 cases. As of last week we recorded 61 cases with eight deaths but since yesterday we recorded new cases bringing the total to 68 and another death which raised the mortality figure to nine.”If those last numbers are accurate, the case fatality rate in this outbreak is about 13 percent, which suggests a serious lack of medical care. A total of 30 deaths in 68 cases seems very unlikely.