In the year that Bauchi State saw the most devastating flood, Cholera has claimed the lives of 42 persons in the state in 2022.
Mr Sukumun Ezekiel, the Programme Manager of the Women Development Association for Self-Sustenance (WODASS), disclosed this during a Bauchi State Emirate Council meeting on Health.
He said of the 2,874 persons hospitalized for Cholera, Bauchi Local Government account for the highest casualties with 2,185 persons being affected representing about 77 percent of the overall reported Cholera cases.
The Programme Manager said Toro LGA recorded 212 cholera cases within the period while Dass and Tafawa local government areas had about 100 cases each.
Mr Sukumun said of the 20 local government areas of Bauchi State, it was only Bogoro that did not report a confirmed cholera case.
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He said Cholera has been on the rise nationwide since the beginning of the year, with 74 deaths reported so far by NCDC, said children below five years are the most affected by this life-threatening and primarily waterborne disease which thrives in places with poor hygiene and sanitation.
He pointed out that beyond health implications, cholera also has a socio-economic impact, including affecting productivity, work-related activities and income/finances.
In order to curb future cholera outbreaks, Mr Sukumun said that the scope of the hygiene behaviour change campaign to include hygiene education needs to be widened.
Mr Sukumun Ezekiel further explained that hygiene education should focus on key behaviours such as respiratory hygiene, hand washing, physical distancing, safe excreta disposal, water storage and COVID-19 vaccine uptake.
He also called for the routine provision of sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene interventions in communities and LGAS with poor access, especially those with endemic trends.