Cholera Complicates Humanitarian Response In Nigeria’s Northeast, U.N. Says

Inter Press Service: Cholera in Northeastern Nigeria: An Endemic Outbreak
“…Cholera outbreaks are endemic in northeastern Nigeria. According to an overview in the Pan-African Medical Journal, such endemic outbreaks are prone to occur in conflict-affected areas where civil unrest has disrupted public sanitation services. Borno State is one of Boko Haram’s strongholds…” (Mogeni, 9/6).

Reuters: Cholera spreads through camps in Nigeria’s strife-hit northeast: U.N.
“…Most deaths were recorded in Muna Garage camp on the outskirts of state capital Maiduguri, the epicenter of the Islamist insurgency that has also destabilized neighboring Cameroon, Chad, and Niger. A U.N. report said more than 530 suspected cases of cholera had been registered by Tuesday — more than three times the number reported five days earlier. Twenty-three people had died, it added, up from 11 reported on Aug. 31…” (Miles, 9/6).

U.N. News Centre: Suspected cholera cases complicate already complex crisis in northeast Nigeria — U.N. relief wing
“…In addition to poor quality and quantity of safe water and very poor sanitation and waste management conditions, the region also suffers from high rates of malnutrition, especially among children — who are amongst the most vulnerable to the deadly disease…” (9/6).

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