Jigawa: Cholera outbreak kills 30 in one month, 2000 hospitalised -Official


No fewer than 30 people were confirmed dead due to infection believed to be cholera in many parts of Jigawa state.

Confirming the death, the permanent secretary in the state ministry of health, Dr. Salisu Mu’azu said the death was from about 2,000 patients that were already confirmed to have contracted the disease.

Dr. Mu’azu said the outbreak started from nine local governments of Ringim, Dutse, Hadejia, kirikasamma, Birnin kudu and others.

He said the outbreak was more pronounced in Dutse and Hadejia local government areas and attributed it to flow of water from open spaces into Wells and water outlets that people use for domestic purposes.

The permanent secretary said the flow of water was as a result of the beginning of rainfall that washed away faeces by humans into open wells and burst water pipelines in Dutse which was also taken back into the water tank that supplies the area with water.

He said the state government has directed for the release of drugs at three centres of Hadejia, Dutse and Ringim local government areas to enable the victims have immediate medical attention free of charge.

He said other agencies such as UNICEF and Doctors without borders have indicated readiness to partner with the state in mitigating the scourge from further spreading.

Earlier, the Covid-19 task force in the state briefed the press, saying the state will not allow any durbar celebration to hold during the sallah festivity.

The permanent Secretary of the state ministry of health, Dr. Salisu Mu’azu said that the decision followed the directives from the presidential task force on Covid-19 against the dreaded Delta variant of the covid infection that is wildly spreading across the world.

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He said the government has directed for the continue usage of all former Covid-19 protocol guidelines with the hope that the Delta variant may not have a devastating effect on the people.


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