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Adamawa declares end to cholera outbreak after 55 deaths

Adamawa State government has declared an end to the Cholera outbreak that besieged the state, after finding no case following weeks of heightened surveillance.

The declaration came Thursday, after months of afflicting nearly two thousand people and resulting in 55 deaths.

At a press briefing addressed by the state Commissioner for Health, Professor Isa Abdullahi, the government recalled that the Cholera outbreak was declared in July last year and that in the succeeding months, there occurred a total of 1,959 suspected cholera cases.

The health commissioner during a meeting in Yola, where the closure of the cholera outbreak was announced that, “Since we have not recorded any case despite heightened surveillance for cholera for several weeks, we (government and partners) are happy to declare the cholera outbreak over.

Since the beginning of the outbreak (in July 2021), a total of 1,959 suspected cases with 55 deaths were recorded.”

The Commissioner cautioned, however, that the declaration of the end of cholera does not suggest a time to relax.

It is a window of opportunity to heighten our preparedness against cholera and other vaccines preventable diseases,” he said.

He expressed gratitude to the World Health Organisation (WHO), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and other partners that collaborated with the state government in managing cholera from when it broke out in July last year to now to keep both infections and fatalities as low as it could be helped.

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