From Tom Garba, Yola
Two hundred and twenty-three cases of cholera have been received at General Hospital Mubi following an outbreak in parts of Mubi North and South.
Principal Medical Officer in charge of the hospital, Dr. Ezra Sakawa, who disclosed this when he received members of the State executive council on fact–finding mission, explained that 12 others died before they got to the hospital.
Doctor Sakawa said the hospital also received reported cases of four prisoners from the Mubi prison yard and attributed the cause to shortage of water leading to use of contaminated water by the people.
He assured that the hospital had not recorded any death from those on admission and said many have been discharged after been treated of the disease.
Sakawa told the team that the hospital is also having water problems and called for solution as well as medicament that will assist in those on admission as a result of the outbreak.
Leading the executive members, which comprised of four commissioners, Comrade Ahmad Ibrahim Sajo appreciated effort put in place by management of the hospital as well as other partners, and asked them to ensure that it does not spread to other areas.
Contributing, Commissioner of Health, Doctor Fatima Atiku, said government had dispatched medicament necessary for those affected and appealed to people to maintain personal hygiene as well as keep their environment clean at all times.
Chairman of Mubi South described the incident as unfortunate and reiterated local government commitment to ensure portable drinking water through activating boreholes.
The team also visited the Emir of Mubi where talks were held on how to enlighten the people on personal and environmental sanitation to check further spread.
At Yelwa ward, where the casualty figure was high, fifteen water points were identified to be contaminated while people were seen fetching the water.