From Beauty Godiya John
Following the recent outbreak of cholera in Bauchi State, ActionAid Nigeria has swiftly intervened by providing cholera prevention kits to 1500 patients within 4 local government areas in Bauchi State.
The Manager, Humanitarian and Resilience Unit of the NGO, Mr David Habba, while presenting the kits to the beneficiaries, on Saturday, said that the intervention was in line with ActionAid Nigeria’s Core Humanitarian Standard and Emergency Intervention Policy.
According to him, the four LGAs; Dass, Toro, Bauchi and Ningi were selected to benefit from the intervention due to the high number of cholera cases recorded there so far.
Mr Habba said that the intervention was aimed at curbing and preventing the spread of the disease through the establishment of Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector approved cholera kits to households that have infected persons, with specific care to ensure that such households of patients, latrines, and the households of neighbours within a 30 meters radius are also disinfected.
“Similarly, 100 hygiene promoters, 20 house-to-house disinfection volunteers, and 500 water vendors have also been trained and equipped to combat the deadly endemic.
“ActionAid will work with 100 locally sourced and trained hygiene promoters who will ensure that information on early detection of the disease, prevention and treatment centres are communicated to the people in their local dialect while 20 health workers will support the disinfection process as volunteers,” he added.
Mr Habba disclosed that the organization would carrying out mass media sensitization on cholera preventions and treatments through the local media outlets across the state.
It would be reported that the emergency intervention is being carried out by ActionAid Nigeria in collaboration with the Primary Health Care Agency, RUWASA with funding support from the STARTFUND and locally implemented by FAHIMA.