WHO to immunize 300,000 against cholera in Borno

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The World Health Organisation says it will immunize 300,000 people against cholera in Borno.

This is contained in the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Humanitarian Situation Report for the Month of September.

It said that the organisation in collaboration with other health development partners would also conduct another round of Oral Cholera Vaccination in the state.

The report indicated that the immunization would be conducted at Internally Displaced Persons camps and host communities of Damasak, Banki, Bama, Gamburu, Ngala and Pulka.

“For the first time in Nigeria; an Oral Cholera Vaccines (OCV) was carried out between Sept. 18 and 22 to protect communities and prevent further spread of the disease. The first round campaign reached close to 850,000 people through combination of fixed and mobile strategies.

“The request for the additional vaccines is to be submitted to the International Coordination Group on Vaccines Provision pending the clearance and approval of the state and health authorities”.

The UN-OCHA report shows that 4,360 suspected or confirmed cholera cases and 60 related deaths were recorded in Borno in September.

It noted that humanitarian organisations had scaled up activities to contain the outbreak in parts of Maiduguri, Jere, Dikwa, Monguno and Mafa local government areas.

To control the outbreak, health, sanitation and hygiene actors established Cholera Treatment Centers and Oral Re-hydration Points in the affected communities.

Another key intervention to be conducted was the third round Seasonal Malaria Chemo-Prevention campaign.Punch

 

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