At least twelve people have been confirmed dead while 134 others are receiving treatment as a result of the outbreak of cholera in Mubi North and Mubi South local government areas of Adamawa State.
Bwalki Barem Dilli, the Director of Public Health in the state Ministry of Health, disclosed this in Yola on Tuesday.
He said medical personnel from the ministry, in partnership with World Health Organisation (WHO), have since been drafted to the area.
Dilli told journalists that the report of the suspected outbreak became apparent last week when the Mubi General Hospital recorded high profile cases of vomiting and stooling (diarrhoea) from affected patients who went for medical attention.
Dilli explained that the ministry, in conjunction with its partners, has collected eleven stool samples from the victims and has taken them for proper investigation at the Maiduguri Teaching Hospital in Borno State.
He stated that an emergency operation centre has been opened to collect data on people suspected to be affected with the epidemic, and stressed that toll-free lines (08031230359MTN and 070 80601139 AIRTEL) have been established for reports and complaints.
On the preventive measures to be taken by the populace, Dilli stated that personal and environmental hygiene was highly advised.
“People need to be washing their hands after answering the call of nature and stop defecation in an open space to avoid being infected by the epidemic,” he said.
Meanwhile, wife of a commissioner in Zamfara and six children have been abducted by gunmen in the early hours of Tuesday at Gurbin Bore village in the state.
The abductors reportedly attacked the home of the Commissioner of Youths, Sports and Skills Acquisition, Alhaji Abdullahi Gurbin Bore in the village located in Zurmi Local Government Area at about 1:30a.m.
The commissioner, who confirmed the attack to newsmen in Gusau, said the abductors took away his wife and their three children, and three other relatives.
“They have not yet demanded for any ransom from us. In fact, we have not discussed anything with them, but we have reported the matter to security agencies,” he said.