At least 20 people have died while 322 have been infected with cholera following the outbreak of the disease in Bauchi state.
State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Aliyu Maigoro, made this known on Tuesday while briefing newsmen on the epidemic at the ministry of health headquarters Bauchi.
Maigoro explained that nine of the people who died hailed from Bauchi local government, four in Misau, three in Ningi, three in Toro, and one person in Giade local governments.
He said the ministry through the state primary health care development agency responded immediately having been notified of the disease to avoid its spread to other communities in the state.
Maigoro added that other response actions so far conducted by the ministry to tackle the disease include the establishment of the state public health emergency operation centre and isolation centres in all general hospitals of the affected local government areas.
“Four cholera treatment units have been activated in Bauchi metropolis in Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH), urban maternity and primary health centre Kandahar.
“Drugs and consumables have been provided to all the isolation sites in the state. Doctors, nurses, and paramedics have been mobilized to provide care to the victims,” he said.
The commissioner also noted that chlorination of wells and decontamination of households would be done in the affected local government areas.