Nigeria’s cholera outbreak. Here’s what we know

Two states of Yobe and Borno situated in the north eastern part of Nigeria registered cholera outbreaks that left 97 deaths, as of Saturday 22nd Sept 2018, according to media reports.

Women fetch water from a dirty pond

The outbreak in Borno state was declared a fortnight to Saturday 22nd with the Yobe outbreak having lasted for the better part of two months. The outbreak has affected refugee camp dwellers fleeing from the terrorist attacks and kidnappings that have plagued much of north eastern Nigeria.

The local Nigeria branch of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) put the number of resultant outbreak cases at 3,126 cases for both affected states.

According to reports of UN statistics, cholera has claimed about 500 people in the Lake Chad region since the onset of 2018, a number that is set to rise.

The heavy rains have been blamed for precipitating the outbreak. Expected floods will only make a bad situation worse, unless the UN’s call for urgent intervention is heeded to – 6million people are presently at risk.

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