At least twelve people have been confirmed dead while 134 others are receiving treatment as a result of the outbreak of cholera in Mubi North and Mubi South local government areas of Adamawa State.
Bwalki Barem Dilli, the Director of Public Health in the state Ministry of Health, disclosed this in Yola on Tuesday.
He said medical personnel from the ministry, in partnership with World Health Organisation (WHO), have since been drafted to the area.
Dilli told journalists that the report of the suspected outbreak became apparent last week when the Mubi General Hospital recorded high profile cases of vomiting and stooling (diarrhoea) from affected patients who went for medical attention.
Dilli explained that the ministry, in conjunction with its partners, has collected eleven stool samples from the victims and has taken them for proper investigation at the Maiduguri Teaching Hospital in Borno State.
He stated that an emergency operation centre has been opened to collect data on people suspected to be affected with the epidemic, and stressed that toll-free lines (08031230359MTN and 070 80601139 AIRTEL) have been established for reports and complaints.
On the preventive measures to be taken by the populace, Dilli stated that personal and environmental hygiene was highly advised.
“People need to be washing their hands after answering the call of nature and stop defecation in an open space to avoid being infected by the epidemic,” he said.