61 dies as cholera outbreak hits Nigeria’ northeast


A cholera outbreak in the northeast of Nigeria has caused 61 deaths in Yobe state, as the number of new confirmed cases surged to 989, the government and the United Nations said.

Fresh cases of the waterborne disease were recorded in six local government areas within two months, the state health commissioner, Muhammad Kawuwa, said in an emailed statement Friday. The affected local governments are Gujba, Gulani, Damaturu, Fune, Potiskum and Nangere, he said.

“Over 795 patients were successfully treated and discharged, while 50 are still in various health facilities across the state,” Kawuwa said.

An outbreak of the disease was declared in neighboring Borno state two weeks ago, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Nigeria said in an emailed statement Saturday. The cumulative number of recorded cases in both states currently stands at 3,126 including 97 deaths, the UN said.

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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.

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