By Musdapha Ilo, Maiduguri
The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, said at the weekend that it had put in place machinery to arrest the spread of cholera in the camps it set up for Internally Displaced Persons, IDP, in Biu, Borno State.
A Red Cross official had on Thursday claimed that eight persons in one of the camps had died after an outbreak of cholera but NEMA in a press statement by its North eastern zone information officer, AbdulKadir Ibrahim, said only five deaths were recorded.
Ibrahim said “five people have died as a result of reported cases of cholera outbreak at the Internally Displaced Persons( IDP) camp in Biu L.G.A of Borno State.”
“The North-East Zonal office of National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has activated the agency’s Search And Rescue Epidemic Response plan, SAREEP, at the camp,” he added.
The NEMA spokesman said further that the agency’s additional staff and doctors from Medicine Sans Frontiers, MSF (Doctors without borders), have been despatched to assist the Red cross officials and other stakeholders at the camp clinics.
He disclosed that MSF had also donated some drugs and disinfectants to complement the drugs already provided by the NEMA and other donors.
Ibrahim said that in addition, NEMA had also provided safe drinking water and new pit latrines in the camps, while some of the displace persons have also been trained “on hygiene and sanitation skills with a view to maintain a clean environment.”