Borno cholera outbreak: Death toll hits 28 + 837 infected in North East
An estimated 28 people have died from cholera in Borno, while 837 are suspected to have been infected with the disease in the north east, including at least 145 children under the age of five, the United Nations Children’s Fund, has said.
The organisation also expressed concern over the spread of Cholera in the region, saying 1.4 million displaced people, including 350,000 children under the age of five, were in serious danger.
A statement issued on Thursday by UNICEF Communications Chief in Nigeria, Doune Porter, said the outbreak occurred as ongoing violence and military efforts against Boko Haram insurgents in the region have displaced more than 1.7 million people and left over 3.6 million without adequate access to basic water services.
“An estimated 28 people have died from cholera, while 837 are suspected to have been infected with the disease, including at least 145 children under the age of five.
The outbreak was first identified in the Muna Garage camp for the displaced in Maiduguri. The outbreak has spread to as many as six other locations in the state. UNICEF and partners have rapidly scaled up their response to the cholera outbreak, as heavy rains multiply the risk of disease and malnutrition for conflict affected children.
“Cholera is difficult for young children to withstand at any time, but becomes a crisis for survival when their resilience is already weakened by malnutrition, malaria and other waterborne diseases,” she said.
The statement quoted UNICEF Deputy Representative in Nigeria, Pernille Ironside, as saying “cholera is one more threat amongst many that children in North-East Nigeria are battling today in order to survive.”