204 dead, 2,551 hospitalised as cholera outbreak hits Kebbi State

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Photo: Cholera patients

No fewer than 204 persons have died in 20 Local Government Areas(LGAs) of Kebbi State, while 2,551 persons are hospitalized,  due to the outbreak of Cholera disease hit the state.

Sources said on Wednesday that the outbreak was first recorded in Dirin daji community of Sakaba which later spread to 20 more LGAs of the state.

Other affected areas are Dakingari and Bumare in Suru LGAs, Gotomo village in Argungu LGA, where many patients are said to have been hospitalised.

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The Chief Medical Director of Yahaya Memorial Hospital,Dr Aminu Haliru- Bunza, said that the disease had killed 146 persons in the state, while 2,208 patients had been hospitalised across the 20 LGAs of the state.

“Out of the 21 Local Government Areas, 20 have been affected by the contagious disease.

“Test carried out showed  that  2,208 persons have  been tested in those areas while 146 persons have so far died since the outbreak of the disease.

“The figure cuts across all sexes and no age bracket as all ages are affected,” he said.

According to him, the outbreak is caused by contamination as a result of micro bacteria.

Haliru- Bunza advised the general public to increase and improve on their hygiene, as well as environmental sanitation and cleanliness.

“The state government is now doing its utmost to contain the spread of the disease as we are taking steps to stem the spread of the disease.

“The state government has provided equipment and drugs to all the local government areas and has trained health personnel to ensure the outbreak is tackled even in the areas where the outbreak has not been recorded.

“We have surveillance officers and camps to isolate people as the disease is highly infectious,” he said.

He also called on health personnel to avoid rendering home services to suspected cases, and urged people to report suspected cases to the nearest health facilities across the state

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