UN CALLED FOR URGENT INTERVENTIONS FOLLOWING THE RECENT CHOLERA OUT BREAK IN BORNO

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The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has called for urgent and strengthened interventions following more reported cases and deaths from the recent cholera outbreak in Borno northeast Nigeria.

This call was made in the North East flash update on the Cholera outbreak by the UN OCHA and was made available to newsmen on Sunday in Abuja.

According to the report, a total of 680 cases of suspected cholera have been recorded in eight Local Government Areas including 18 deaths, as at Sept. 7.

This was against the 380 cases and 14 deaths that were earlier recorded by the Borno State Ministry of Health as at Sept. 5.

This report explained that the figure represents a fatality rate of 2.6 per cent.

The UN OCHA said that additional resources are urgently needed to strengthen the response for timely containment of the outbreak.

According to the UN OCHA’s report, health partners are currently using existing resources from regular emergency operations which are not enough for a full scale response.

It stated that the resources available would not be sufficient in case of a spread of the outbreak to other areas.

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