Dr. Haruna Mshelia, the Borno State Commissioner of Health, has alerted the public to ththe outbreak of diarrhoea, he said that Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD) has hit Borno State with 1,068 cases in 10 Local Government Areas of the state, northeast, Nigeria.
25 patients out of the reported cases were hospitalized at the Benisheikh Hospital and Dala and El-Miskin treatment centres.
The Commissioner, Dr Mshelia, announced this while briefing journalists during the sensitization of the public on hygiene and sanitation to prevent water borne diseases.
“Defecation and poor sanitary conditions” in Borno Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps and communities, are responsible for diarrhoea and other water borne diseases to open, he said.
“To prevent outbreaks of diarrhoea and other water borne diseases, like cholera, there must be public awareness on personal hygiene and sanitation. They are critical in preventing such diseases that claimed 61 lives last August in the state,” he said.
He Stated that “No one has died yet from AWD. Out of the 100 cases of diarrhoea reported early this year, we had one or two cases of cholera at Baga Doro, Borno state.”