The Adamawa State Ministry of Health has confirmed 11 cases of cholera disease in Guyuk and Shelleng local government areas of the state.
A statement on Thursday by the Director of Public Health in the ministry, Dr Celine Laori says that as of Tuesday, the suspected cases were 96 and 11 confirmed positive with a 2.1 percent case fatality ratio.
He said the ministry, on August 19, received reports of suspected cases of acute watery diarrhea from the affected LGAs.
“Samples were collected and tested, using both Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) and Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) in which seven were confirmed to be Cholera cases. Dr Laori said.
“We have since activated our Public Health Emergency Operation Centre; Rapid Response Team was put on alert and Disease Surveillance Notification Officers (DSNOs) were directed to initiate a proper investigation and conduct an expanded event-based surveillance in all the 21 LGAs.” He noted.
According to him, medical consumables were procured, supplied and deposited at the existing Cholera Treatment Centre to support case management across the state.
He urged partners and stakeholders to give the necessary technical support to complement the government’s efforts toward containing the outbreak.
The Director advised the general public to maintain basic hygiene and sanitation as well as ensure that food and water to be consumed were clean and safe.