Plateau records three deaths in suspected cholera outbreak

At least three persons were suspected to have died of cholera following its outbreak in some parts of Plateau State.

The State Commissioner for Health, Kunden Deyin who confirmed the development told journalist in Jos on Monday that three other persons had been confirmed to have cholera, out of 90 suspected cases in the state.

The Commissioner disclosed that the death of  the three other persons with symptoms suspected to be cholera  were caused by the non-availability of the Rapid Response Diagnostic Kits, which would have been used to confirm the diagnosis.

He added that the recently suspended strike by the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) was also contributory to the mortality.

The commissioner expressed optimism that the outbreak would be contained with the suspension of the strike by the health workers and called on the public to ensure that they always wash their fruits and vegetables thoroughly before eating them and also boil their drinking water to kill the organism that cause cholera.

He also called on people to avoid indiscriminate dumping of waste, adding that cholera was a water-borne disease.

In a related development, at least one person has died following an outbreak of cholera in the Government Girls Secondary School, Kawo, Kaduna North Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Paul Dogo confirmed the incident on Monday.

He said that the deceased student died as a result of diarrhea and vomiting, a symptom that is associated with the ailment.

Also, according to him, the 55 others who showed signs of the ailment have now been hospitalized and are being monitored by a team of medical experts.

Dogo said the victims are responding to treatment, while 15 of them have been discharged.

He also said that steps are being taken to contain further spread of the epidemic in the school.