Cholera overtakes COVID-19 as Death toll hits 28 in Plateau

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As the country is battling with the third wave of Covid-19 pandemic, another disease has broken out in most states of the nation, as no fewer than 28 person have now died from a cholera outbreak in Plateau state.

In the story monitored through Punch newspapers, and the epidemiology data of cholera outbreak in the state and shared by Philip Dasun, chairman, house committee on health, during a plenary session presided over by Ayuba Abok, the speaker of the state house of assembly on Wednesday.

The data revealed that the state had recorded a total of 1,415 infections since the outbreak began and showed that the infection had spread to all the local government areas except Mikang LGA, which recorded no infection.

Topping the list of affected LGs is Jos north with 599 cases, followed by Jos south with 423, and Bassa with 151.

Other LGAs affected include Bokkos, 58; Barkin Ladi, nine; Riyom, 14; Jos East, 20; Wase, 26; Langtang North, 23; Kanam, 41; Qua-anpan, two; Shendam, 30; Mangu, one; Langtang South, two; Kanke, nine; and Pankshin, seven.

The data also showed that the 28 deaths in the state were recorded in eight LGAs; Jos North, five; Jos South, six; Bassa, seven; Bokkos, three; Shendam, one; Kanam, three; Pankshin, one, and Wase, one.

Expressing concern over the epidemic, the house committee chairman through a motion, called on the executive arm of government to direct the ministry of health to curb the spread of the infection in the state.

According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), more than 30,000 suspected cases of cholera have been reported in 22 states and the federal capital territory (FCT) in seven months.

The agency said more than 800 deaths were recorded within the period.

The outbreak hit an all-time high in July, killing over 441 people in the month —  according to a report by SB Morgan (SBM) Intelligence.

The affected states are Benue, Delta, Zamfara, Gombe, Bayelsa, Kogi, Sokoto, Bauchi, Kano, Kaduna, Plateau, Kebbi, Cross River, Niger, Nasarawa, Jigawa, Yobe, Kwara, Enugu, Adamawa, Katsina, Borno and the FCT.

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