Not less than 60 cases of cholera have been reported in an outbreak which occurred in Bida Local Government Area of Niger State, leaving at least 15 persons dead.
In a swift response, an official letter from the Bida LGA, signed by the Council Secretary, Suleiman Sheshi, for the chairman, dated June 18, 2018 and addressed to the State Commissioner for Health, the Council had it that it has no capacity to contain the outbreak and it has led to 10 deaths.
The letter expressed regrets that as at the time of the outbreak (Sunday) “only one Medical Doctor was on call at the hospital due to manpower shortage.“The General Hospital is lacking medical consumables and adequate facilities to cater for the present ‘emergent’ health challenge. Over ten (10) infected with the disease have been confirmed dead."
“The present situation at hand cannot be handled by the Bida LGA alone, part of the reason why this letter is written is to request for superior intervention from the state government. Prompt action from your part will, without any doubt, save a lot of lives presently at critical point of survival.”