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Cholera Kills Five In Northwest 

By Chris Mbunwe

Cholera epidemic has reportedly claimed five lives in the Northwest Region, the Regional Delegation of Public Health has revealed. In a preliminary report on the cholera outbreak in Bafut Health District, Dr. Victor Ndiforchu, said four deaths have been registered out of 29 cases receiving treatment in various health centres of the district.

Dr. Ndiforchu said Ndu Town in Donga Mantung Division; Fundong in Boyo Division; Mile 8, Mankon and Pinyin in Santa, in Mezam Division; Bome in Mbengwi, Momo Division are affected and that most of the victims are responding to treatment. According to Ndiforchu, the cholera epidemic was imported from the Southwest, one of the areas affected by epidemic.

Talking about measures taken to stem its spread, Ndiforchu said the entire medical team of the Region has been mobilised and dispatched to the affected Divisions with drugs to contain the situation. "When we were informed about the outbreak of cholera in Bafut, we immediately dispatched the ambulance of the Regional Delegation to transport victims to the hospitals. We made sure that those who died were immediately buried," Ndiforchu said.

He added that he dispatched 3000 tablets of Doxicycline, 600 bags of Hartmans solutions, 300 sachets of oral rehydration salt, 100 bags of normal saline, 500 drip sets, 1000 examination gloves, 2500cm of plaster and more to Bafut and other towns. "We are scaling up enhanced surveillance in all the health districts in the Northwest Region," he said, explaining that the measures were to ensure that the epidemic is contained and prevented from spreading to other health districts.

Meanwhile, the over 50 vitims identified so far are responding to treatement. The population has been told to avoid handling cholera victims, to wash their hands with soap each time they visit the toilet, thoroughly wash fruits before eating, and for children to avoid consuming locally made yogurts and ice cream.

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