December 2, 2022

Cholera Kills 28 Children in Plateau as PLHA Raises Alarm

Members of the Plateau State House of Assembly have raised alarm over an outbreak of Cholera that has killed 28 Children in the state and called for more awareness and action by the state Ministry of Health to mitigate it.

The member representing Pankshin North in the House, Hon. Philip Dasun who moved the motion under matters of urgent public importance said already 7 people have been affected and 1 dead from his local government.

Supporting the motion, Chairman, House Committee on Health and member representing Langtang North Central, Daniel Nanbol Listick disclosed that as at Tuesday 10 of August, the state had recorded 28 deaths and 1, 415 people have so far been affected by cholera in the state.

From the Epidemiology data of the cholera outbreak collected across the state according to Nanbol Listick, 16 local governments are affected and by Wednesday the last remaining local government which is not on the data has also been affected.

The data shows that Jos North local government tops the list with 5 deaths and 599 affected persons, followed by Jos South with 6 deaths and 423 affected persons, Bassa 7 deaths and 151 affected, Bokkos 3 deaths and 58 affected, Kanam 3 deaths and 41 affected, while Shendam recorded 1 death with 30 affected persons.

Others are Wase with 1 death and 26 affected, Pankshin 1 death and 7 affected, Langtang North 23 affected, Jos East 20 affected, Riyom 14, Barkin Ladi and Kanke have 9 each while Langtang South with 2 and Mangu with 1 affected case.

Mr. Listick added that women and children are mostly affected by the disease and called on the government to increase funding for the public health workers working round the clock to address the menace.

The Speaker, Abok Ayuba directed the Clark of the House to make clean copy of the motion and forward it appropriately.

Another matter of urgent public importance was moved by member representing Jos South, Gwattson Fom Dalyop on the need for the Plateau State Government to improve on the well-being of the Girl Child by way of special intervention through provision of sanitary towels and toiletries for female students in Secondary Schools and Girls residing in Displaced Persons’Camps across the state.

Also, a bill for a law to establish the Plateau State Displaced Persons’ Commission and for related matters 2021, sponsored by member representing Riyom Constituency, Timothy Dantong passed first reading during the Wednesday plenary.