The Borno State Ministry of Health has detected more than 500 suspected Cholera cases, 23 which were confirmed by laboratory culture testing; half of the reported cases involve under 5 children.
This new cholera outbreak in the terror prone northeast Nigeria has left three people dead, the outbreak is concentrated majorly in kukawa, a major commercial hub with a population of 150,000 situated near Lake Chad; sharing borders with Chad and Cameroon. Kukawa is about 200 kilometres away from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital where a five- month Cholera outbreak was contained in the late 2017.
Dr. Haruna Mshelia, speaking in Maiduguri stated that the State Government and partners were working to urgently contain the outbreak. He also said the government is working in collaboration with World Health Organization and other partners to reinforce early detection of suspected cases, improve water, sanitation and hygiene facilities as well as providing oral rehydration therapy for the affected people.