The Bauchi State government has disclosed that the outbreak of Cholera in the state has killed not less than 20 people this year.
This was made public at a press conference held today Tuesday May 25th,2021 by the state Commissioner of Health, Dr. Aliyu Maigoro, at the Ministry’s Headquarters.
Aliyu said that the government is trying all possible best to curb the outbreak of the cholera disease and implore all Bauchi state residents to take all measure to fight against the disease.
Cholera is a highly virulent disease characterized in its most severe form by a sudden onset of acute watery diarrhea that can lead to death.
The outbreak of cholera in Nigeria has remained persistent, occurring annually mostly during the rainy season and more often in areas with poor sanitation, overcrowding, lack of clean food and water, and areas where open defecation is common practice.
On Nov. 20, 2019, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari signed an executive order committed to ending open defecation throughout the country by 2025 in consonance with the commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Whilst signing the document, Buhari also declared a state of emergency on Nigeria’s water supply, sanitation and hygiene sector, saying the action will reduce the high prevalence of water-borne diseases which caused preventable deaths in different parts of the country.
Ever since then,the WHO and NCDC keeps recording drastic numbers of cholera disease and death annually.