A cholera outbreak has claimed the lives of approximately 20 residents in the Gbalang community of Adamawa State’s Numan Local Government Area.
Mallam Umar Sadau (Sarkin Matasa), the Gbalang community’s youth leader, said approximately 16 members are currently hospitalized as a result of the outbreak at Numan General Hospital and Gbalang dispensary.
He lamented the outbreak’s toll on residents, explaining that disease victims died daily, most often on their infected days.
He assured the media that the community had reported the disease outbreak to Numan Local Government Area health officials, adding that as of the time he spoke with the press, no assistance from the government or any other organization had arrived to cushion the effect of the outbreak.
Dr. Laori Celine, Director of Public Health at the Ministry of Health, confirmed the outbreak, stating that the outbreak reported in their records was for the entire Numan council.
She noted that 15 cases were reported with one fatality, indicating that the ministry responded adequately to the emergency and treated those affected.
She explained that the ministry had engaged several non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with expertise in health and census to work on the area’s situation.
“Our records indicate that 15 cases of cholera and one death have occurred in Numan LGA as a result of interventions such as the provision of Aqua Tabs and hygiene awareness,” she explained.