GOMBE – The Gombe State Government says it has recorded five cases of cholera in the state this month and intensifying efforts to check further occurrence of the disease.
The state’s epidemiologist, Dr Joshua Abubakar, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gombe on Wednesday that over 30 cases of gastroenteritis were also reported in the state recently.
Abubakar said that five of the 30 reported cases of vomiting and diarrhoea were confirmed as cholera.
He said that the cholera cases were reported from Akko Gombe and Yamaltu/Deba local government areas of the state.
“We have already informed our clinicians to report any case of vomiting and diarrhoea for proper scrutiny.
“A single case of cholera can give sleepless nights because it has the tendency of affecting many people.”
The epidemiologist, however, said that there was no single case of cholera reported in the state in 2013.
He advised the residents of the state to imbibe personal hygiene and ensure that they washed their hands with soap or potash and water, after using the toilet.
He also advised them to drink clean and uncontaminated water, and wash vegetables and fruits before eating them. (NAN)