Aid agencies scale up efforts to curb spread of cholera in Nigeria
By CGTN Africa
Health authorities in northeast Nigeria have scaled up efforts to contain a cholera outbreak that is sweeping through refugee camps in the region.
The United Nations reports that there are about 4,000 suspected cases so far, with at least 54 deaths.
A major vaccination campaign is underway to stop further spread of the killer disease. UN officials say the aim of the vaccination campaign is to reach more than 900,000 people in Maiduguri this week.
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The aid workers however lament that they are struggling to contain the outbreak because people don’t seek treatment early enough.
Earlier this year, the UN urged Nigerian authorities to ensure aid workers access all parts of the country to deliver much needed aid and services.
Hundreds of thousands are living in refugee camps in the northeast after being forced out of their homes due to the war waged by Islamist militant group Boko Haram.