4 February 2014

Nigeria: Cholera Kills 25 in Benue State

Makurdi — About 25 people have died following the outbreak of Cholera in different parts of Benue State, Daily Trust gathered.

Our correspondent, who visited hospitals in Makurdi metropolis, reports that many people including adults and children are on admission as a result of the disease.

Sources at the Benue State Teaching Hospital (BSUTH), Makurdi, hinted that over 15 people died in the past one week, but the authorities of the hospital denied treating any case of cholera.

Head of Public Relations Unit at BSUTH, Cephas Hough, told our correspondent that no cholera case has been reported and that the hospital is well equipped to take care of any eventuality.

At the Jolua hospital, Wadata in Makurdi, Dr. Adole Edoh, who said two deaths had been recorded in his institution, added that 80 per cent of the cases treated in the past two weeks were cholera related.

"We started noticing more admissions in the past two weeks and 80 per cent of the cases were cholera related. Two persons have died so far," Edoh said.

Similarly, the Hope Hospital, Wadata, said the disease claimed two lives in the early hours of yesterday while many others are lying down in the wards.

The hospital's matron, Agata Zack Nyitgher, said their personnel were currently handling over 20 cases of cholera.

"Just this morning, a ten-year-old boy and 37-year-old man died of cholera," she added.

And at Madonna Hospital, Wurukum, the Medical Director, Dr. Ameh Idoko, said the World Health Organisation confirmed cases of cholera in his hospital last week.

He, however, added that no death has been recorded, though some people were on admission on suspicion of cholera.

When contacted, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Ordeun Abunku, confirmed to journalists that six people were reported to have died of cholera in the state.

Abunku said he has visited seven hospitals in the state for on the spot assessment of the situation and assured that effective measures have been put in place to tackle curb the disease from further spread.

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