30 die as cholera hits Jigawa

In the last two months, a cholera outbreak in Jigawa has killed at least 30 individuals and hospitalized over 2,000 others.

Salisu Mu’azu, the Permanent Secretary of the Jigawa State Ministry of Health, verified the outbreak, saying that the majority of the infected patients were youngsters recorded in nine local government areas across the state.

Mu’azu listed Hadejia, Dutse, Kirikasamma, Birnin Kudu and Ringim as some of the areas worst hit by the outbreak.

He claimed that some of the 2,000 affected people had been discharged, while others were still being treated for free in government hospitals.

The Permanent Secretary insisted that the Hadejia case could be linked to water pollution, while not being able to determine what caused the outbreak.

He alleged that there was possibility of water contamination from an area where people practiced open defecation near the water vendors who collect and circulate the water to residents of Hadejia town.

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Mu’azu said the state government was on top of situation for now, and has been providing necessary assistance to the residents in the affected areas.

The permanent secretary said the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund had supplied some medications and promised to send more soonest.

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