Suspected cholera cases have jumped in northeastern Nigeria where Boko Haram violence has forced tens of thousands of people to…
Suspected cholera cases have jumped in northeastern Nigeria where Boko Haram violence has forced tens of thousands of people to seek refuge in crowded camps, the Norwegian Refugee Council said on Monday.
The humanitarian group said that 10,000 people had a rapid outbreak of cholera outbreaks and 175 people died in the northeastern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe in early November 2018.
“One of the main causes of the outbreak is overload in the camps that make it difficult to provide adequate water, sanitation and hygiene services, “says Janet Cherono, NRK Program Manager in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State.
Nigeria has seen regular cholera outbreak since Boko Haram trains up arms arrested by government in 2009.
More than 1.8 million people have been displaced by the bloody conflict, which has demanded more than 27,000 lives and crushed everyday life in Lake Chad.
Maiduguri, Boko Haram’s birthplace, accommodates 243,000 displaced people in crowded camps with poor hygiene facilities, creating a fertile environment for cholera spreading, says NRC.
Nigeria, Africa’s largest oil producer, suffers from a high degree of waterborne diseases due to overdue infrastructures and underinvestments.
On Thursday Muhammadu Buhari declared “emergency” in the country’s water treatment industry, which describes the statistics on open stools and access to pipelines as “disturbing”.
Colts are caused by a bacterium that is transmitted through contaminated food or drinking water and causes acute diarrhea, with particularly risky children