The chairman of the Gwoza Local Government Area (LGA) in Borno, Prof. Ibrahim Bukar, announced that after the outbreak of diarrhea and vomiting in Gwoza, around 35 people died and 150 more were hospitalized.
Bukar made this known on Monday in Maiduguri when he spoke to stakeholders in border communities at an interactive session organized by the Borno State Borders Commission in collaboration with the National Borders Commission.
Bukar, who did not provide details, said the outbreak started over the weekend.
Bukar said such a development is part of the challenges border communities face due to the lack of health facilities and other facilities, and said the facilities had been destroyed by insurgents.
“General hospital, clinics, customs and immigration houses, water and all other properties in the border communities were destroyed,” said Bukar.
He called for health facilities to be provided in border areas to prevent border communities from traveling to neighboring countries for medical treatment and other services.
“The provision of clean water in all border communities is a top priority. Water-related diseases are avoided if the border communities are supplied with clean water.
“This is very necessary because most of the water sources in the destroyed border communities are contaminated with corpses, chemicals and the rest and are therefore not suitable for human consumption,” said Bukar.