There has been a disease outbreak in three Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), camps in Borno State and 16 persons are reported dead while about 172 people are in critical conditions.
Vanguard quotes the Information Officer of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Mallam Abdulkadir Ibrahim, as saying that it was not an outbreak of cholera, but reported cases of diarrhoea and vomiting.
One of the health officials working with UNICEF told the newspaper that : “It was sudden and already a large number has been affected.
“At the last count, we have 16 dead and about 172 affected. We are in an emergency health situation in those camps.”
Security agents are preventing infected persons from leaving the camp so that they do not spread the disease into the metropolis until the situation is brought under control.
Also, those affected have been separated from the unaffected, and all the IDPs are being treated with preventive medicine.
Another medical official said: “The camps were unkept, unclean and with all sort of waste all over which informed the outbreak and encouraged its wild-fire spread.
“We are doing everything possible to ensure that we control the spread. We encourage the IDPs to ensure cleanliness.”