Cholera outbreak kills 30 in Jigawa

A cholera outbreak Jigawa has killed at least 30 people with more than 2,000 hospitalised the past two months the state.

Dr Salisu Mu’azu, Permanent Secretary, Jigawa State Ministry of Heath, who confirmed the outbreak, said that most of the infected cases were children recorded nine government areas of the state.

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

He said that of the 2,000  infected cases, some had been discharged others were still receiving free medical treatment government hospitals.

The permanent secretary, who could not immediately say what was the cause of the outbreak, insisted Hadejia case could be linked water pollution.

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 residents of Hadejia town.

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

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