Written by Onimisi Alao & Hassan Ibrahim, Jos

No less than 70 people have been admitted into hospitals in the Plateau State capital, Jos, following an outbreak of cholera and diarrhoea in parts of Jos North Local Government Area of the state.Lalong

Daily Trust learnt from two hospitals visited Tuesday that affected persons had been admitted between the last 10 days to two weeks, with some already treated and discharged and many still on admission in the hospitals up to the time of filing this report Tuesday afternoon.

A public health consultant and Chief Medical Director of Murna Clinic in the Yan Shanu area of Nasarawa Gwom community of Jos North LGA who said at least 50 people had received or were still receiving treatment in his hospital, specified that about 40 of the cases were found to be diarrhea and vomiting while at least 10 were cholera cases.

“The causative organism is Vibrio Cholerae, and itis contacted from contaminated water, food, and fruits such as oranges,” Dr Samuel explained, adding, “An unwashed contaminated mango is a common source of the condition and it is particularly likely in unclean environments. People are advised to watch the water they buy from water vendors who ply the streets pushing their jerry cans of water fetched from untreated water sources.”

A visit to Al-ansar Clinic, also in the expansive Nassarawa Gwong, revealed that over 20 persons were admitted of suspected cholera within the last 10 days. Ahealth personnel who would not disclose his name because he was not authorized to speak on the matter, said, “over 20 persons were admitted with profuse diarrhea and vomiting. Right now about seven are receiving medical attention while the rest were discharged and there was no record of death.”

One of the victims in the clinic who gave her name as Zuwaira, said, “I was brought to this hospital four days ago because I fell sick with vomiting and diarrhea. The doctor has discharged me, I am now feeling fine.”

The Deputy Director of Epidemiology in Plateau State, Dr Raymond Juwit did not respond to inquiries from our correspondents , but the Plateau State Secretary of the Nigerian Red Cross, Manasseh Panpe who affirmed the cases of diarrhea and vomiting, said that he had no authority to confirm any cholera case but that he knew there was diarrhea and that the Red Cross had been playing its part to contain further spread.

Panpe said that the Red Cross had embarked on free distribution of water guard to communities in Jos North and Jos South LGAs because the group had discovered that there was contamination of water in many parts of the Jos metropolis and it might be connected to the spread of the disease.

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