Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF).

MSF scales up activities againt cholera in NE

By Rabiu Sani
Maiduguri –  The Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF), a medical humanitarian organisation on Saturday said it had scale up activities to control cholera outbreak in Borno.

The MSF said it was working in
collaboration with the state Ministry of Health and other
organizations to curtail the spread of the disease.

Anna Cilliers, MSF’s Medical Coordinator, told newsmen in Maiduguri that the organization had set up two Cholera Treatment Units (CTU), and an Oral Dehydration Point (ODP) in Maiduguri and Monguno local
government areas of the state.

Cilliers disclosed that a 100-bed capacity centre was set up at Dala area of Maiduguri and an ODP at Muna Garage Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp, while a 40-bed capacity treatment centre was also
set up at Monguno.

“About 312 patients have so far admitted at the Dala centre and 194 persons discharged while 9 others died of the disease.

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“About 135 health personnel were deployed for case management of the disease at the Dala centre.

“The organisation also set up an Oral Rehydration Point (ORP) at Muna camp. A team of Community Health Workers (CHW) are helping with disease monitoring and surveillance in the affected communities’’.

Cilliers explained that majority of the cholera patients come from Muna Garage IDP camp, where some of the persons displaced by Boko Haram insurgency took refuge.

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“I will say that MSF is planning to scale up not only in Maiduguri but also in Monguno because cholera is still present and I think we both have to scale up not only in case management but in activities.

“Continue to monitoring households for early case detection and also to provide prevention basic care and health promotion in a coordinated
response in collaboration with Government of Borno State, state ministry of health and other Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and other United Nations (UN) agencies.”

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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that MSF has been providing nutrition; primary and secondary healthcare interventions, medical aid
and disease control services in IDP camps and war ravaged communities.

It is also providing and monitoring access to food, nutrition support, clean water and shelter across 11 locations in Borno State in the past three years.

NAN recalled that the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian
Activities (OCHA) announced that about 23 persons died of cholera
outbreak while over 500 other infected with the disease in the state.

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