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07 December 2011

Epidemic Hazard in Nigeria on Wednesday, 07 December, 2011 at 04:29 (04:29 AM) UTC.

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Nineteen people have died of suspected food poisoning in Biu Local Government Area of Borno State. About 100 people had been hospitalised for developing symptoms after eating some food about 21 days ago. Som of the patients were discharged from hospitals, clinics and health centres in the local government. The Caretaker Chairman of the local government, Alhaji Adamu Yusuf, confirmed the incident when Deputy Governor Umar Zanna Mustapha visited Biu General Hospital to assess the situation. Yusuf praised Governor Kashim Shettima for sending drugs to treat the victims. He said the council purchased some drugs to supplement those of the state government, adding that the situation would soon be brought under control. The council chief said there were enough drugs to treat the victims. One of the doctors at Biu General Gospital, Dr. Alvan Ike said the hospital management was on top of the situation. He said some of the victims have been treated and discharged while those still on admission were responding to treatment. Mustapha praised the medical personnel and health workers at the Biu General Hospital for promptly attending to the patients and putting the situation under control.

- RSOE