Following the recent outbreak of cholera in the state, Gombe State Environment Sanitation and Protection Agency (GOSEPA) made an effort in order to prevent the spread of the epidemic in the state by presenting Sanitation materials to Madaki primary health Centre in Gombe metropolis where the cholera outbreak started.
The Agency under the leadership of the Special Adviser/General Manager, Alhaji Nasiru Haruna, who was represented by the Head of Sanitation Mr. Absalom Baba said the cholera outbreak in the state prompted the agency to presents the items which he said would assist in no small measure towards ensuring a clean environment. And also assured the public of keeping the environment clean to curtails the wide spread of cholera and other diseases.
While presenting the items, the Head of Sanitation called on health practitioners and Community Leaders to create awareness and educate the people on the importance of cleanliness. He also advises the general public especially mother’s to educate their children on the effect of washing hands after visiting places like the toilet and to wash fruits before eating (as cleanliness is the best preventive measure).
In response, the Head of the health Unit, Hajiya Maryam Guruja appreciated the agency for its quick intervention by presenting the items which she described as timely and then called on the people to ensure they have a clean environment to avoid cholera and other diseases.
Hajiya Maryam disclosed that 57 cases of cholera were recorded between in which 4 died, she said eight percent of the victims were children and are almagiri from various Tsangaya settlement in the state.
She added that, the diseases was initially reported in Madaki, Pantami, Bolari and Bamusa among other’s but now it is spreading to other areas in the state hence the need of the people to keep their surroundings clean.
Meanwhile the Gombe state Governmental Sanitation and Protection Agency (GOSEPA) said it would collaborate with other health practitioners in the state to improve sanitanized environment.
Mr. Absalom explained that, the visit to the health unit and other Tsangaya was to synergies the agency and the health practitioners on how to educate and enlighten the general public on the importance of sanitation and hygienic practice to cub the situation in the state. He also urged the general public to always keep their environment clean.
He then, lead the sanitary staff of the agency to go round to the affected areas to sensitize the people especially women on the important of the sanitation.
The items presented include hands gloves, mopped, brooms, insecticide among others.