The World Health Organization (WHO) in conjunction with the Borno state government and some health bodies have commenced a campaign to sensitize the people on how to prevent water-borne disease after 35 people became sick as a result of diarrhea outbreak in the state.
Speaking on the sensitization programme, the coordinator of the Community Health Campaign, Raymond Apagu said, We have been working here for almost two weeks, we are working 4 community including Gwozari, Kirawa,Shuwari and Medinatu in Jere local government area, there are small camps in these communities, we are enlightening at least 20 households daily on important of hygiene and wash of hands.”
An officer of the World Health Organization in the Northeast, Chima Onuekwe said preventive measures are being set up to ensure further outbreak of such disease is curtailed
“The measures we are putting in place is to stop any kind of outbreaks, all what we are doing is health educating from children to households to be able to prevent themselves from cholera because some cases of Acute Watery Diarrhea has been reported in Madinatu and Almuskin camps.
“We are giving them Oral Rehydration Salt and Water Purification Tablets (Aquatabs) to enable them equipped and protect the entire households and the community,” Chima said.
Dr. Mala Waziri, the State Programme Manager for Malaria Elimination disclosed the campaign is targeted at one million children between the ages of three months to five years.
He said, “The choice of the 11 LGAs is based on the records that most hospitals there had been destroyed by insurgents because it was formally occupied by insurgents so those area has been devastated by Boko haram it is important we must protect children in those places like, Dikwa, Kala- Balge, Mafa, Mobbar, Guzamala”.