September 26, 2022

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Cholera kills five in Kano

The Kano State Government, on Tuesday, affirmed that it had recorded five Cholera-related deaths in the state, adding that very strong preventive measures had been put in place to tackle the outbreak.

The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Aminu Tsanyawa, who made the disclosure at a news conference, said on April 16, 2022, a case of watery diarrhoea and vomiting suspected to be due to cholera was reported in the Dambatta Local Government area of the state, which was promptly investigated.

According to him, since then, a total of 189 cases in 20 LGAs were recorded, out of which 184 have fully recovered, 0 active case and five deaths.

He said Nigeria was still affected by cholera, especially during the rainy season, due to poor personal and environmental hygiene, sanitation, poor waste management and open defecation, all of which promote feco-oral transmission, which is also the causative agent of the disease.

“You may wish to know that cholera outbreak is seasonal and is a bacterial infection of humans caused by v.cholerae, which is a Gram-negative bacillus and any resident of a community under investigation, aged two years and above, with acute watery diarrhoea with or without vomiting should be immediately evaluated for suspected cholera disease,” he said.

Also, the commissioner thanked the state governor, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, for his commitment in providing adequate and qualitative health care services to the good people of the state, in order to eliminate cholera outbreak, alongside other diseases in the state.

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