Cholera outbreak: 175 dead, over 10 000 affected in Nigeria

Cholera outbreak: 175 dead, over 10 000 affected in Nigeria
Suspected cholera cases have jumped in northeast Nigeria where Boko Haram brutality has constrained countless individuals to look for shelter in swarmed camps, the Norwegian Refugee Council said on Monday. m The humanitarian group said 10,000 individuals have been affected by the fast spreading cholera outbreak and 175 individuals have passed on in the northeast state of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe starting at early November 2018. “One of the major reasons for the outbreak is the congestion in the camps that makes it hard to give satisfactory water, sanitation and cleanliness services,” said Janet Cherono, the NRC’s programmed manager in Maiduguri, capital of Borno state. “The rainy season has also worsened the conditions. If more accommodation isn’t provided urgently the camp decongestion and construction of health and sanitation facilities, Nigeria is steering towards one more cholera outbreak in 2019.” Nigeria has seen regular cholera outbreaks since Boko Haram took up war against the government in 2009.
More than 1.8 million individuals have been displaced by the ridiculous clash, which has claimed more of than 27 000 lives and shattered daily life in the Lake Chad district. Maiduguri, the origination of Boko Haram, is housing 243 000 displaced individuals in swarmed camps with poor hygiene facilities, creating a fertile environment for cholera to spread, the NRC said. Cholera is caused by a bacterium transmitted through contaminated food or drinking water. It causes acute diarrhea, with children particular in danger. Nigeria, Africa’s biggest oil producer, experiences a high-rate of water-borne infections because of dilapidated infrastructure and under-investment.

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