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WHO moves in to curtail spread of Cholera in Adamawa as death toll hits 23

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has intensified its risk communication campaign around Adamawa State to mitigate Cholera spread.

The house-to-house sensitisation by WHO officials and agents to get household members adopt a safe lifestyle to prevent contracting the disease was observed in parts of the Yola, the state capital, on Tuesday and also on Wednesday.

An official of WHO told reporters that the risk communication campaign was being conducted in seven LGAs around the State identified as being hotspots for cholera and other communicable diseases.

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The intensification of cholera and other diseases prevention campaign by WHO came against disclosure by the Adamawa State Government that 23 people had died of cholera infection out of about 500 suspected cases.

An official of the government said the disease broke out in the State since September.

Adamawa Director of Public Health, Ministry of Health, Dr. Celine Laori, confirmed the development, saying that the LGAs worst hit by the disease included Yola North, Girei and Lamurde.

It was gathered that a particular household in the metropolitan Yola North LGA lost three members to cholera as recently as Monday and Tuesday.

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Malam Audu Ali, a resident of Yelwa, a community in the Jimeta area of Yola North LGA, was quoted in a report as recounting his experience.

He said he left his house on Monday for work but received a call that three of his children, Muhammadu Audu, 10; Haruna Audu, 3; and Bilkisu Audu 4, had been admitted in a hospital.

“I rushed to the hospital where they were receiving treatment,” he said, adding that two of the children died later that Monday while a third died Tuesday morning.