GOMBE STATE BEGINS WATER CHLORINATION TO PREVENT CHOLERA OUTBREAK

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The Gombe State Government has started distributing chlorine to the 11 local government areas of the state as part of measures to mitigate cholera spread.
 
The Waste Manager of the Gombe State Environmental Protection Agency, Dr Umar Musa made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Gombe on Tuesday.
 
Musa said the targeted areas are wells, stagnant ponds and reservoirs, while areas that fetch water from rivers would get aqua tabs since they cannot add chlorine to running river or stream.
 
He added that the aqua tab would be given to them, and the personnel handling the chlorination would teach them how to apply it in their drinking water.
 
According to him, the chlorine is a measure to mitigate cholera spread because it will destroy all pathogens in water, which contain the bacterium called Vibrio Cholerae that causes cholera infection and other water-borne diseases.
 
The manager, who said that the chlorine distribution would continue until December, added that “110 trained personnel are handling the distribution of both chlorine and the aqua tab to communities.
 

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