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WHO donates 1.5 million doses of cholera vaccine to Bauchi

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By Ahmed Kaigama

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Saturday donated 1.5 million doses of cholera vaccine to Bauchi State.

Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, executive chairman of the State Primary Health Care Development Agency (SPHCDA), revealed this when the vaccination exercise kicked off in Bauchi.

Mohammed said the WHO had donated 1.5 million doses of the vaccine to support the state’s response to the cholera outbreak.

“Bauchi is one of the 18 states at high risk for a cholera epidemic, hence the donation to vaccinate those in prone areas,” he said.

He noted that some constituencies in the Dass and Toro local government areas that were prone would also receive the vaccine.

Mohammed said the 1.5 million doses of the vaccine would be split into two phases in local government areas.

He thanked WHO for its continued support to the agency through the government in addressing health challenges such as the ongoing cholera epidemic.

Earlier, WHO Representative Alhaji Goni Ngala said the epidemic 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, case management, the World Health Organization country office has donated the vaccine to support prevention,” he said.

Also speaking, Alhaji Nura Jumba, the head of Bauchi district, stressed the importance of implementing measures to address the water, sanitation and hygiene issues in the affected areas.

Jumba urged the government to commit to improving garbage collection and emptying of latrines.

“Providing free drinking water to affected communities, including community education and mobilization, will be helpful,” he said. (NAN) (www.nanews.ng)

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