Niger State records 100 cholera deaths from April to date – Health Commissioner

 Niger State recorded 100 cholera deaths from April to date  in the 25 Local Governments Areas, Dr Makusidi,  Commissioner for Health has said.


Makusidi, made this known in an interview with newsmen at the ongoing workshop for journalists, organised by Pathfinder International in Minna.

He attributed the outbreak of cholera to open defecation and indiscriminate waste disposal by dwellers.

Makusidi disclosed the ministry had embarked on advocacy visit to communities to reduce open defecation, adding were available to treat affected persons.

The commissioner lauded Pathfinder International for partnering with the state government to expose journalists to advanced family planning as well as child spacing.

“This is key to achieving universal health coverage as well providing technical support to the state,” he said.

He noted family planning was essential towards planning for the future, adding the partnership with pathfinder was to ensure access to uptake of family planning and acceptability.

He said diverse social cultural and ethno-religious factors were challenges to decline in family planning by most people.

He added some of the challenges to include; inadequate access to commodities, inadequate funds, insecurity in some parts of the state, adding all efforts on to address such challenges.

Makusidi, however, noted the workshop would help mitigate challenges such as issue to access to family planning products, adding government was committee by making budgetary provision for the project. (NAN)