Friday, 11 August 2017

Four Die Of Hepatitis In Borno IDPs Camp

Medicine Sans Frontiers otherwise known
as ‘Doctors Without Borders’, on Friday said
that four expectant mothers had died of
Hepatitis (E) infection at the Internally
Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp,Ngala,

The organisation also said that 400 other
displaced persons including women and
children were infected with the disease in
the camp.

A statement signed by Musa Yahaya, the
MSF Field Communication Officer, and
released in Maiduguri, said hundreds of
persons were infected following the spread
of the disease from the Niger Republic.

The organisation estimated that there were
about 45, 000 displaced persons at the
Ngala camp, of Ngala Local Government
Area of the state.

Hepatitis E or liver inflammation is a viral
disease caused by infection with a virus
called hepatitis Evirus.

It is one of the five
known human hepatitis viruses: A, B, C, D,
and E.

The disease is caused by drinking
contaminated water within the endemic
areas or through the consumption of
uncooked or under-cooked meat. Hepatitis
outbreak can be epidemic or individual.

Yahaya said that the contagious disease
spread quickly in the Ngala camp due to a
combination of poor living conditions and

He described the situation in the camp as
‘worrisome’ and portended serious health

Yahaya disclosed that over 400 cases of the
disease were recorded and 170 patients
treated while four expectant mothers died
of the disease in the past two months.

He explained that the disease could be very
dangerous in pregnancy and caused high
rate of abortions, stillbirth, and premature

“It can also cause severe haemorrhages in
mothers, both during childbirth and after

The communication officer said
that the organisation encouraged the
community to conduct waste clearance
exercise to rid the camp of dirty water.

He added that the organisation had also
distributed soap and chlorinated water
supply to contain spread of the disease.

Yahaya stressed that urgent measures
were necessary to enhance access to safe
drinking water and promote good
sanitation to contain the disease.


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