Cholera kills over 100 in Bauchi – NGO


Over one hundred people were killed by cholera disease between the year 2014 and 2018 in Bauchi state, says Society for Water and Sanitation (NEWSAN), a Bauchi based Non-Governmental Organisation,

While facilitating a one day sensitisation workshop on cholera for community leaders in the state, member of the NGO, Sukumun Ezekiel, said “16 out of the 20 wards in Bauchi local government and eight other local government areas such as Alkaleri, Bogoro, Dass, Darazo, Kirfi, Tafawa Balewa and Toro recorded at least one case of the disease each, last year”.

Ezekiel said in the same year 2018, a total of 9, 725 cases of the disease were recorded in the state, adding that not less than 28 people died.

He said: “In 2014, cholera outbreak was recorded in all the local governments of Bauchi State.”

“Bauchi local government had 14, 765 cases representing 87.3 percent of the total cases recorded in the state with 51 fatalities in 2014. The state also recorded 9, 725 cases with 28 deaths in the year 2018”.

Ezekiel explained that the disease is worse spread in 66 communities of Bauchi because of the challenge of open defecation, poor environmental sanitation, deficient personal hygiene, limited access to safe water hygiene practices such as regular hand washing before eating and after using the toilet.

“It can also be caused by broken water pipes and leakages especially along service lines, wells as the major source of drinking water with most of them poorly kept and protected as well as citing toilets close to wells,” he stated. Ezikel also appealed to elected politicians to provide Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) facilities to Bauchi state, to save lives.


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