Bauchi health agency deploys 180 workers to contain gastroenteritis

The Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (BSPHCDA), says it has deployed 180 workers stem spread of gastroenteritis in the state.

Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, Chairman of the agency, stated in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Bauchi.

Mohammed said the workers would conduct -- residual spray, chlorination of wells and distribute treatment chemicals as well as waste and drain clearance exercise in Bauchi metropolis.

He said the agency had scaled up campaign create awareness on preventive tips against the disease in the communities.

“We will soon set up a 200-bed capacity treatment centre at the Specialist Hospital, Bauchi to augment the existing 75-bed capacity centre at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Hospital.

“The state government also requested for cholera vaccine from the Organisation (WHO) to help fight the disease,” he said.

Mohammed said that the state had so far recorded 2,874 cases of gastroenteritis with 42 related deaths as at June 17.

He explained that Bauchi, Toro, Dass and Tafawa Balewa Local Government accounted for 2,599 of  the total cases recorded in the state.In medical parlance, gastroenteritis defined as an inflammation of the stomach and intestines due to bacterial or viral infection.The patient present symptoms with severe vomiting and diarrhoea. (NAN)