Plateau health workers blamed for cholera victims’ death

Jonah Jang, Plateau state governor

Nine people have died of Cholera in Plateau.

An Epidemiologist at the Plateau State Ministry of Health, Raymond Yuryit, has blamed health workers in the state for the death of nine persons from cholera.

Mr. Yuryit said the health workers did not take proactive intervention to stop the spread of the disease, adding that “those that lost their lives died as a result of poor management of the disease by health workers.”

In the last two weeks, there has been an outbreak of cholera in Plateau and Sokoto states respectively with 96 fresh cases confirmed in the former.

Briefing officials of the State Emergency Management Agency SEMA who paid a visit to the Quan’pan Local Government Area to ascertain the level of infection among residents, Mr. Yuryit stated that the communicable disease had claimed 9 lives, while 96 patients were infected, and are being treated at designated hospitals in the state.

According to the medical expert, the 96 hospitalized persons have been diagnosed with the disease and were admitted into various health centers. Mr. Juryit said the outbreak of the disease was largely due to overcrowding, dirty environment, consumption of unhygienic food, and lack of portable drinking water.

He attributed the outbreak of the disease to unsafe environment, saying “most of the boreholes in the LGA are not functional, and the Wells are left open. I am of the view that the villagers here should adopt the culture of sanitizing their environments.”

Reacting to the development, the Executive Secretary of SEMA, Alhassan Barde, described the infection rate as “devastating” but assured residents of the affected areas that government was committed to doing everything humanly possible to control spread of the disease to other parts of the state.

PREMIUM TIMES observed that infected persons were confined to isolated places as part of measures to control the spread of the disease.

A deputy director from the Federal Ministry of Health, Moses Anafiong, who was at the scene, said President Goodluck Jonathan is saddened over the outbreak of cholera in the state. He advised the villages to boil their drinking water and take necessary measures at observing better sanitation.

Quan’pan has had an influx of displaced persons numbering over 7,000 following ethnic clashes between Eggon and Arago youth in Assakio, Obi Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.

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