A cholera outbreak has killed about 20 residents in the Gbalang community of Numan Local Government Area of Adamawa State.
The youth leader of Gbalang community, Mallam Umar Sadau (Sarkin Matasa), said about 16 members of the community are currently hospitalized as a result of the outbreak at Numan General Hospital and Gbalang dispensary.
He lamented that the outbreak has taken a huge toll on the residents, explaining that victims of the disease died on a daily basis mostly on the day they were infected.
He assured that the community has reported the outbreak of the disease to the health officials of Numan Local Government Area, stating that as of the time he spoke with the media, no help from the government or organisation has come their way to cushion the effect of the outbreak.
The Director of Public Health in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Laori Celine, confirmed the outbreak of the disease, saying that the outbreak reported in their records was that of the Numan council as a whole.
She noted that the record has shown that 15 cases were reported with one fatality, explaining that the ministry has adequately responded to the emergency and is treating the affected ones.
She explained that some non-governmental organisations (NGOs) with specialisation in health and census have been engaged by the ministry and are working on the situation in the area.
She explained, “Our records have shown 15 cases of the cholera outbreak and one dead in Numan LGA as interventions such as the provision of Aqua Tabs, Awareness on hygiene are given.”