Death toll from the Cholera outbreak in Mubi in Adamawa State has risen to 15, according to the latest figures posted by the World Health Organisation technical staff providing coordination and support for containing the spread of the disease in the state.
It was learnt that poor sanitation and contaminated water were responsible for the current cholera outbreak, which has killed 15 persons out of the 838 cases so far reported by WHO officials.
WHO reported 96 fresh cases on Thursday alone, and on Friday, health officials providing case support and surveillance coordinated by WHO equally reported another 75 new cases, bringing the total number of suspected cases to 913.
According to WHO representative to Nigeria, Dr. Wondimagegnehu Alemu, plans are underway to engage additional 15 ad hoc personnel to curb the spread of the disease to other areas of the state beyond 12 wards in Mubi North and South where the outbreak has been reported.
“We have swiftly deployed technical staff to coordinate partners’ response to the current outbreak, support case management surveillance and contact tracing of suspected cases to guide interventions and ensure that the outbreak does not spread to other locations,” Alemu said.
As of May 26, 2018, there were 434 suspected cases in the state, amongst which 13 deaths were recorded.
WHO said the situation necessitated the health authorities to activate an Emergency Operations Centre for concerted response efforts in the affected areas.
However latest figures showed that two additional deaths had been recorded out of 838 reported cases as of Thursday.