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Cholera: Five Killed, 16 Hospitalized In Gombe State



Cholera Hits Gombe State, Kills Five People

Five people have been confirmed dead, while 16 others are hospitalized at the Primary Health Centre, Kembu in Balanga Local Government Area of  Gombe state, following Cholera outbreak in the state.

The state Acting Epidemiologist, Dr Nuhu Bile, who disclosed this today said that the cholera outbreak occurred in October.

He said that the State Rapid Response team alongside World Health Organisation had visited the scene immediately it received news of the incident.

According to him, 70 patients were treated and discharged, while the five people died before medical help could reach them.

He added that 16 others were being treated at the health centre for the disease.

Bile said the recent deaths had brought the number of cholera mortality to 13, while no fewer than 500 patients had been treated and discharged in the last five months.

The epidemiologist attributed the cause of the outbreak to the damaged five hand pumps in the community which forced people to seek unsafe alternative source of water.

He named some of the recently affected local governments to include Yamaltu-Deba, Funakaye Gombe with the most recent being Balanga.

Source: Naija News

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