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Shehu of Borno vows to lead UNICEF’s campaign against cholera

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Nigeria: MSF treats overs 13,500 cholera patients. Photo: MSF

The Shehu of Borno, Umar Garbai, on Friday agreed to lead UNICEF’s cholera prevention campaign in the state to prevent an outbreak of the endemic and seasonal disease.

Speaking during an advocacy visit by Geoffrey Ijumba, UNICEF Chief Field Officer in Borno on Friday, the Shehu said that the emirate will support UNICEF’s interventions.

“The issues you raised regarding healthcare, nutrition, sanitation and hygiene, including education are very critical in a land facing humanitarian challenges.

“I would personally work hard to record improvement to alleviate the suffering of our vulnerable people.

“This is a task we must achieve in favour of children and for the future.

“Traditional leaders in Borno would work hard to ensure that our people are aware on the dangers of cholera and how to prevent it,”said Shehu.

The royal father commended UNICEF for providing humanitarian and developmental assistance to children.

“We always appreciate the good work UNICEF is doing over several years in Nigeria and the northeast in particular, especially during the conflict which posses a huge challenge to people particularly children and women,” he added.

The Shehu regretted that children had lost a good part of their lives out of school due to the insurgency.
He called for efforts to mobilise enrollment of children back to school.

Earlier, Ijumba, commended the emirate for prioritising its support for women and children in all areas of UNICEF’s activities in the state.

Ijumba said that his team was in the Shehu’s palace to seek for support in the campaign against Cholera outbreak, promote safe hygiene and school enrollment campaign.

“We will work together with the government, RUWASA and other partners to make sure that this is done,”he said.

NAN reports that water chlorination is the process of adding chlorine or hypochlorite to water.

This method, the UN said, is used to kill certain bacteria and other microbes in tap water as chlorine is highly toxic.
The UNICEF official lamented poor enrollment of pupil into schools adding that half of the children in the state were out of school.