ABUJA, September 18 – Cash-strapped humanitarian agencies are urgently appealing for about US$10 million (R130 million) to stop a cholera outbreak that has killed at least 44 people in the terror-prone northeast Nigeria.
The deaths have been recorded from 2 300 cases at refugee camps in the Borno State where 3,7 million people could be affected by the outbreak.
The death toll is increasing despite extensive efforts to improve sanitation conditions in camps and raise awareness on the importance of best hygiene practices since the first cholera cases on August 16.
“The clock is ticking,” warned Peter Lundberg, the Deputy United Nations humanitarian coordinator for Nigeria.
He lamented that the refugee camps were congested, experienced insufficient water, poor sanitation facilities and the health care system is weak.
Lundberg said failure to respond timeously could be devastating for millions of conflict-affected women, children and men were already living in dire conditions.
“We must tackle this urgently to avoid preventable suffering and loss of life.”
The humanitarian crisis in Nigeria’s north-east is one of the most severe in the world today.
Some 8,5 million people are in need of life-saving aid in Adamawa Borno and Yobe states, out of whom 6,9 million are targeted for humanitarian assistance.
The crisis is based on the Boko Haram, which has killed over 20 000 civilians and displaced millions.
– CAJ News