The Executive Secretary of the Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (BSPHCDA), Mr Adamu Gamawa, has confirmed the death of two people in Bauchi metropolis as a result of cholera outbreak in the state.
He made the disclosure during a chat with newsmen on Monday, noting that adequate preparations are been put in place to curb the spread of the disease.
Naija News learnt the two individuals that died over the weekend, were part of the 20 earlier affected by the outbreak.
“The State Rapid Response Team has commenced surveillance across the 20 local government areas in the state.
“We recorded 20 cases of cholera in Bauchi metropolis and two out of them had been confirmed dead.
“The agency has written to all its ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) such as the Bauchi State Environmental Protection Agency (BASEPA), Water Board to take measures to prevent its spread.
“The water board is to ensure a constant supply of potable water to the public and ensure environmental sanitation.
“These are keys to preventing the spread of the disease.’’
“We have a place at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital (ATBU-TH) that can serve as an isolated camp for cholera patients.
“However, the situation has not reached that extent,’’ he said.
The Bauchi state official also disclosed plans to embark on fumigating Bauchi environment, and also be involved in the provision of the Oral Rehydration Therapy (ORT) as part of measures targeted at curbing the spread of cholera in the state.
Gamawa also advised against any form of panic by the public, but advised them to observe personal and environmental hygiene.