WHO donates 1.5m doses of cholera vaccine to Bauchi
1.5 million doses of cholera vaccine have been donated to Bauchi state by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
This was disclosed by the executive chairman of the State Primary Health Care Development Agency (SPHCDA), Rilwanu Mohammed at the kick-off of the vaccination exercise in Bauchi, on Saturday.
Mohammed said WHO donated the vaccine doses to support the response to the cholera outbreak in the state.
“Bauchi is among the 18 states with a high risk of cholera outbreak, hence the donation to be vaccinated to those at the prone areas,” he said.
He noted that some wards in Dass and Toro LGA that were prone would also receive the vaccine.
Mohammmed said the vaccine doses would be divided into two phases in the LGAs.
He thanked the WHO for its continued support to the agency in addressing health challenges.
The WHO representative, Goni Ngala had earlier stated that the outbreak was affecting people of different age groups including children under the age of five.
“In its continued efforts to support the cholera response and in particular, the management of cases, the World Health Organisation Country Office donated the vaccine to support prevention,” he said.
Also speaking, Nura Jumba, the district head of Bauchi, emphasised the importance of implementing measures to solve the water, sanitation and hygiene challenges in the affected areas.
Jumba urged the government to be committed to improving garbage collection and desludging of latrines.
“Provision of clean water free of charge to the affected communities including community education and mobilisation will be helpful,” he said.
Bauchi is one of the worst-hit states and has recorded more than 2,870 cases since the outbreak of the disease in May.
At least, 42 people have lost their lives to the disease.
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