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Cholera claims lives in Borno refugee camp

01 August 2014, 08:42

Abuja - Eight people have reportedly died following a cholera outbreak at an internally displaced persons (IDPs) camp located at Biu in Borno State.

The Red Cross reported that the epidemic had affected over 100 people out of the 10 000 IDPs at the camp.

A Red Cross official under condition of anonymous told journalists that about 30 persons out of the initial 100 affected by the disease have so far fully recovered.

He said others are gradually recovering and responding to treatment being offered by the joint team of the Borno state health workers, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and Red Cross Society of Nigeria at the camp.

According to the official, the situation at the camp was made worst with the Borno State no making available inadequate drugs and vaccination on the camp, but medical team and other auxiliary team at the camp have been doing their best in controlling and treating the cholera outbreak.

Ministry of Health officials declined to comment.

Borno State Commissioner of Health, Dr Salma Anas Kolo, could not be reached for comment as he was said to be in Saudi Arabia for the lesser hajj (Umrah).

NEMA created two camps in Biu about 100 kilometres from Damboa after residents fled the town when it's capture by the Boko Haram insurgents. 

– CAJ News

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