In the bid to control the ongoing cholera outbreak in the state which began since February 27, 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners are supporting the Bauchi State Government to immunize 600,000 people against cholera.
With a concentration of the epidemic mainly in the Bauchi LGA, the state capital, which accounts for 88% of the cases reported and 76% of all cholera related deaths in the state, the intervention will be focused on 15 most affected wards in Bauchi Local Government Area (LGA).
Within Bauchi LGA, most cases rely on drinking water from water vendors who fetch water from untreated sources. So far, there have been 21 recorded deaths, and 25 samples confirmed by laboratory culture testing. People living in low income areas within the city and those in the rural areas with poor access to clean water are the most-affected by the outbreak.
According to the Commissioner for Health Dr. Zuwaira Ibrahim Hassan, the State government, supported by WHO and other partners, is working jointly to control the outbreak through intensified surveillance for the early detection of suspected cases, improving water supplies and building sanitary latrines in affected communities; whilst the State Government is also providing oral rehydration therapy for the affected people and also communicating massive cholera prevention messages for the general public.
Two vaccination rounds are planned using vaccines funded by Gavi. The first round began May 8, 2018 and will conclude May 13, 2018.