No fewer than three persons were killed and 34 affected following an outbreak of cholera in Gumbur Ward, in Wase local government area of Plateau state.
Mr. Zakari Abdul told said this yesterday, in Wase, that the disease broke out in an area of the local government council on Sunday morning.
He said, “As we talk, the diarrhea and vomiting of the 34 affected persons have been brought under control by our medical personnel in the council.
“We are not happy with the development; because we lost precious lives, which could be have added a lot of changes to our developmental stride as a council,” he said.
Abdul said that he had reported the matter to the state ministry of Health for assistance, considering the number of persons affected.
According to him, “We do not want a situation where the epidemic will be out of control and ravage our people; we dispatched our medical team with drugs on that same Sunday, to control the situation”.
“In fact, even this morning (yesterday) we sent more drugs to the area,” he said.
He called on the people of the affected area and the people of the council to be hygienic in order to prevent the spread on the disease.
“People should ensure that the properly wash their hands before eating food, wash vegetables and fruits very well before eating as well as have good and clean toilet,” he cautioned.
The council boss called on the federal and state government to come to the aid of the council so as arrest the situation and nip in the bud.
The chairman, who spoke through, Director of Primary Health Care (PHC) Department, Mr. Ayuba Ahuta, said that this is the second time the state is experiencing cholera outbreak in the local government area.
He said two persons were killed and 40 affected by last month’s outbreak recorded in Gaji, Zak and Wase town.
He said the call for assistance from federal and state government became imperative, in order to curtail further outbreak and spread.
When contacted, the health commissioner, Dr. Fom Dakwak, confirmed the incident and said the state government has dispatched a team of medical team from the ministry with drugs and other facilities to the affected area.