By Teddy Cambosa
A cholera outbreak in the Benue region in Nigeria has resulted in 14 deaths in the region’s Agatu Local Government Area and Abinse, a riverine community in the Makurdi Local Government Area of Benue State.
“In Agatu, 10 people have died so far. On the day we went there, there were seven fatalities. Yesterday, we had an additional three. The update yesterday was that neighbouring villages had a surge in cases. They were advised to move to the General Hospital,” said Benue Commissioner for Health, Joseph Ngbea.
He added, “In Abinse, there were no beds and drugs and we had to involve specialists from the General Hospital. Four persons died in Abinse.”
30 more people are hospitalized in the meantime across primary healthcare centres and private hospitals, as most victims suffered severe dehydration.
Teddy Cambosa is a graduating BS Biology student and a former campus journalist at Batangas State University. He is also currently writing for MARKETECH APAC, a small APAC-focused marketing news site.