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Plateau has no recorded cases of cholera: Official

Mr Shurkuk said that despite the outbreak in 30 other states, Plateau had yet to record any cases, as the two suspected cases reported tested negative for cholera.

• June 24, 2024
Plateau State governor, Caleb Mutfwang
Plateau State governor, Caleb Mutfwang[Credit:X]

Cletus Shurkuk, Plateau’s Commissioner for Health, says the state has not recorded any cholera cases.

In a statement on Monday, Mr Shurkuk said that despite the ongoing outbreak in 30 other states, Plateau had yet to record any cases, as the two suspected cases reported tested negative for cholera.

Mr Shurkuk urged the public to inculcate the act of hand washing with soap and water or alcohol-based sanitisers and boil their water before drinking it if it was not from a safe source.

He also urged the public to thoroughly wash their fruits and vegetables with salt and clean water before consumption and refrain from open defecation.

He advised anyone with symptoms suggestive of cholera to visit the nearest health facility for prompt treatment.

Mr Shurkuk said the ministry had robust epidemiological surveillance systems in place to monitor for any signs of infectious disease outbreaks, including cholera.

“The Ministry of Health is prepared to handle potential outbreaks as preventive measures, including water quality monitoring and community education on hygiene practices, are continuously enforced to prevent the spread of waterborne and other priority diseases.

“Our routine health checks and sanitation measures are in place to ensure the safety and well-being of our citizens,” he assured.

He said the ministry was working closely with primary healthcare providers, community leaders, and international health organisations to maintain a high standard of public health preparedness to respond promptly to any disease outbreak and prevent further spread.

Cholera is an acute diarrheal disease caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholerae, which could lead to severe dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, and even death if left untreated.

The disease is transmitted through the ingestion of contaminated food and water and could spread rapidly in areas with poor sanitation and hygiene.

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