Commissioner for Health in Adamawa state, Dr Fatima Atiku, says massive chlorination of infected water points in Mubi town is being carried out to contain the outbreak of cholera.

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Sixteen people have so far died as a result of the disease, with 909 people infected since May.

According to the commissioner, apart from the chlorination of identified infected water points by 55 chlorinators, 55 house to house hygiene promoters had been deployed to distribute water taps and Aqua tablets to households.

Atiku also said that Solitaire, an international organisation, with mandate to disinfect and spray contaminated areas, would be in Mubi for two weeks to work.

“Security agencies were also involved to ensure commercial borehole owners and water vendors complied with the chlorination exercise before selling to consumers,” she said.

Atiku said the fatality rate of the outbreak had reduced drastically from 17 per cent to 1.8 per cent.

She said the efforts of the state Emergency Operation Centre in coordinating the decisions of the government and development partners, such as WHO, UNICEF, had been effective in dealing with the crisis.