Cholera outbreak in Jigawa State kills 30, state’s Ministry of Health

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An outbreak of the deadly Cholera disease has killed 30 people in Jigawa state, The cable reported.

Jigawa State Ministry of Health, Dr. Salisu Mu’azu, said the disease mostly infected children.

He adds that more than 2000 people suffering from the infection have been hospitalized in the state within two months, and the cases have been recorded in 9 local governments in the state.

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Mu’azu listed Hadejia, Dutse, Kirikasamma, Birnin Kudu, and Ringim as some of the areas worst hit by the outbreak. says that “2,000 infected cases, some had been discharged while others were still receiving free medical treatment in government hospitals.”

“There is a 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,” Mu’azu said while hinting the possible of cholera may be linked to water pollution.

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

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He added that the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) had supplied some medications and promised to send more soonest.

Chikwe Ihekweazu, director-general of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), had said six states reported 1,786 suspected cases of cholera between June 20 and 26.

He listed the states as Bauchi, 1,239 cases; Kano, 362 cases; Niger, 62 cases; Zamfara, 55 cases; Kaduna, 59 cases, and Plateau with nine cases.

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