44 people died in a cholera outbreak in northeast Nigeria

Vastavam web: At least 44 people have now died in a cholera outbreak in northeast Nigeria, the United Nations said today, calling for nearly 10 million to keep the disease from spreading.”To date, the outbreak has claimed at least 44 lives, out of close to 2,300 confirmed and/or suspected cases,” the world body said in a statement.Water-borne diseases are a constant threat because of a lack of adequate sanitation as well as stagnant groundwater during the current rainy season.
The agency’s deputy humanitarian coordinator for Nigeria, Peter Lundberg, said that despite new treatment centres and sanitation measures, more needed to be done.”The camps for displaced persons are congested, there is not enough water, sanitation facilities are poor, and the health care system is weak,” he said.Northeast Nigeria is already in the grip of a humanitarian crisis caused by the Boko Haram insurgency, which has killed at least 20,000 people and displaced more than 2.6 million.
The UN’s head of humanitarian affairs and emergency relief, Mark Lowcock, said last week that the threat of famine caused by the conflict’s impact on farming had been averted.