Leadership (Abuja)

4 February 2014

Nigeria: Fresh Cholera Outbreak Kills 30 in Makurdi

No fewer than 30 persons including children and nursing mothers have reportedly died following a fresh cholera outbreak in Makurdi, the Benue State capital.

This is even as scores of persons are hospitalised in various hospitals in Wadata, Wurukum and High Level areas of the town while others continue to stool and vomit relentlessly.

LEADERSHIP's visit to Jolua Hospital located on Benue Crescent and Hope Hospital, all in Wadata area of Makurdi revealed that a high percentage of residents of the area had contracted with the killer disease. The situation was not different at the Benue State University Teaching Hospital (BSUTH).

The medical director of Jolua Hospital, Dr. Adole Victor Edoh told LEADERSHIP that, "we have recorded over 80 per cent of cholera outbreak in this hospital and 97 per cent of the entire Wadata area is currently affected with this disease."

He said more than 10 persons were admitted in the hospital and two had died while others were treated and discharged, adding that the hospital gets between two and three patients daily and that the ailment was tested and confirmed by medical experts to be cholera.

At Hope Hospital, the matron, Mrs. Agatha Nyietagher said more than 20 patients were so far admitted and two casualties were recorded yesterday including a 10-year-old girl and a 37-year-old man.

Meanwhile, the public relations officer of BSUTH, Mr. Cephas Hough who admitted that some patients were admitted in the hospital with reported cases of stooling and vomiting however denied that there was an outbreak of cholera in the state capital.

Efforts to contact the state Commissioner of Health, Dr. Orduen Abunku for comments failed as he was said to be in a meeting just as the Director of public health in the ministry, Dr. Joseph Kumba refused to comment on the matter.

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