Governor Kashim Shettima . Photo: Borno state government

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says 680 cases of cholera have been recorded in Borno state.

To this end, the Office has called for urgent and strengthened interventions following more reported cases and deaths.

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According to a UN report, the cases recorded as at 7 September in eight areas included 18 deaths.

This was against the 380 cases and 14 deaths that were earlier recorded by the Borno State Ministry of Health as at Sept. 5.

This report explained that the figure represents a fatality rate of 2.6 per cent.

“A cholera outbreak was declared in Borno State, North-East Nigeria, on Sept. 5 by the state Ministry of Health,” the report read.

“The first suspected cases were recorded on Aug. 19 and the following cases have been recorded:

“Jere (218 including 2 deaths), Magumeri (156 including 4 deaths), Maiduguri Metropolitan Council (MMC) (141 including 5 deaths), Chibok (85 including 3 deaths).

“Konduga (38 including 3 deaths), Kaga (28 including 1 death), Damboa (8), Shani (6).

“In response to the outbreak, the State Ministry of Health, with the support of humanitarian partners is coordinating the response through the Emergency Operation Centre (EOC).

“Coordination meetings are currently held twice a week at the EOC, and daily at LGA level.’’