Twenty persons have been reportedly killed by a cholera outbreak in Adamawa State, while 16 others are battling for their lives presently from the epidemic.

SaharaReporters learnt that the deadly disease, currently ravaging Gbalang town, in the Numan Local Government Area, has brought panic to the residents.

Residents of the community called on Governor Ahmadu Fintiri, to urgently address the raging epidemic.

A youths leader in Gbalang community, Umar Sadau, told SaharaReporters on Thursday that 20 persons, including women and children, had died after contracting the disease.

Saidu further disclosed that 16 others were receiving medical treatment at the Numan General Hospital and Gbalang Dispensary.

He said, "The disease (cholera) which is currently ravaging the community has taken its toll on the community.

"When a victim comes down with cholera, they die within hours, and sometimes the following day. So far, we've buried 20 corpses, all victims of the disease. Sixteen others are in the hospital right now.”

Confirming the incident, the Director, Public Health in the state Ministry of Health, Dr. Laori Celine, said cholera was reported from the Numan area.

She said, "Our records have shown 15 cases of cholera outbreak and one dead in Numan LGA. And interventions such as provision of Aqua tabs, awareness on hygiene are being given.

"We also engaged some NGOs to support us in reaching out to the affected communities.”

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