Cholera kills six children in Taraba

At least six children have died after cholera broke out at Didango in Karim Lamido Local Government Council of Taraba State, local authorities have said.

Another fourty locals have also been hospitalised due to the outbreak of the disease in the Jukun community.

Sunday Danjos, the chairman of the council, disclosed the disturbing news over the weekend during a press briefing in Jalingo, the state capital.

He asked the residents of the affected community to exercise patience, attributing the epidemic to the consumption of bad water by the locals.

Danjos also said the issue has been escalated to the State government for swift action.

e said: “I want to call on my people to exercise patience with the current happenings, particularly in Jukun, Didango, of Karim Lamido Local Government.”

Explaining further, Danjos said: “The pandemic is cholera; this is because of the bad water people drink. They drink it together with animals, so this has caused a problem for their health, as they are purging and vomiting.

“I am going now to see the Commissioner of Health to report to him what is happening in my local government so that he will take it to the higher authority for necessary action.”

The outbreak, according to locals, began on Thursday when people, especially children, started experiencing stooling.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr Bodiya Buma, confirmed the incident, assuring that the state government is actively working to control the matter.

Fredrick Nyanganji, the Director of Primary Health Care of Karim Lamido Local Government, revealed that the outbreak which occurred on December 14, 2023, had claimed the lives of six children.

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