No fewer that 14 people have died from a cholera outbreak in Guma and Agatu Local Government Areas of Benue state, reports The Gazelle News.com.
The state Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr Joseph Ngbea, thus directed people living in the river bank in the state to stop using contaminated water.
The Commissioner also advised the people to be wary of the source of the water they drink.
“This is a common problem across the country at this time of the year so we appeal to everyone to be sure of the source of water we consume, and if not sure please ensure that you treat your water before drinking,” the Commissioner advised.
The Commissioner said the state government had taken steps to contain the spread of the disease with the deployment of drugs and medical personnel to the affected areas to provide treatment for the victims.
“Aside from the medical personnel, we have also supplied consumables and drugs to the affected areas in line with the directive of Governor Samuel Ortom to ensure the speedy treatment of all those infected.
The Commissioner added that the State Governor, Samuel Ortom had directed the Benue State University Teaching Hospital to provide additional ten bed spaces to take care of those infected.