An outbreak of cholera has claimed one inmate at the Gombe Central
Prison with eight others hospitalized. This was disclosed by the State
Epidemiologist, Dr. David Karatu in Gombe on Friday during his visit
to the prison with official of the state Ministry of Health

Karatu stated that when the prison officials noticed the outbreak they
contacted the ministry for action. According to him, at the time of
the visit, nine inmates had been infected, out of which one died and
eight hospitalized. He said five of them were treated and certified
free and the remaining three are still on admission. He disclosed that
the state has recorded 75 cases so far with five deaths. He further
explained that three deaths were recorded last week, with another
earlier this week plus the one inmate, making a total of five deaths.

Presenting some preventive commodities to the prison officials, the
Commissioner for Health, Dr. Kennedy Ishaya, emphasized the need for
personal hygiene, which he said is the major preventive. Also
commodities donation were made to the prison which includes
disinfectants, antiseptic antibiotics, oral dehydration hypochlorite
for cleaning the environment and personal hygiene. Ishaya also said
relevant agencies had been mobilized to evacuate the waste in the
prison.

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