The Borno State Government has inaugurated a 13 member response committee for the control of cholera outbreak after 43 persons were confirmed to have died after contracting the ailment in the state.
It has further charged the committee to coordinate all resources available for the control and prevention of the outbreak to avoid recording another death across the state.
The Deputy Governor, Umar Usman, who inaugurated the committee in Maiduguri, the state capital, directed the committee to ensure the establishment of a situation room for regular updates and to activate all LGAs rapid response teams (RRT).
Usman hinted that the members of the committee were appointed based on their individual merit, experience and personal integrity in health management over the years within Borno.
He urged the committee to work hard and justify the confidence reposed in them by the government, just as he assured that government would give them all the necessary support to carry out their assignment successfully.
According to him, the terms of reference of the committee are; to determine the extent of the outbreak, the level of preparedness for the control of the disease to ascertain the cause of the disease, ensure effective collaboration with the response teams as well as to determine the needs requirement for the control of the outbreak.
The deputy governor, yesterday, urged members of the general public to ensure proper hygiene of their surroundings, noting that the disease is being contracted through food and water contaminated with bacteria agent called vibrio cholera or living in a dirty environment that contains the agent.
He added that people should take some precautionary measures by observing regular hand washing before eating and after visiting the toilet, covering of food, and warming of leftover food before consumption.
Usman also said, to stop the spread of the disease Borno state government has constituted Rapid Response Teams ( RRT ) for disease surveillance and control in all the affected areas to handle suspected cases.
The Deputy Governor said the state ministry of health has confirmed the death of 43 persons from a cholera outbreak and 559 suspected cases in the affected areas of MMC, Jere, Gwoza, Kaga, Hawul, Magumeri, and Damboa respectively.
Responding, the Committee Chairman and Chief of Staff to the Governor, Prof. Isa Hussain, said the committee will immediately swing into action and will liaise with the ministry of health, environment, and other relevant bodies to ensure all preventive measures are put in place.
The chairman also promised to justify the confidence reposed in them by working hard to control and prevent further outbreaks of the disease.