121 cases recorded, 3 dead as Cholera outbreak strikes 2 Nasarawa communities

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Over three people have been reportedly confirmed dead following an outbreak of cholera in Awe and Obi local government areas of Nasarawa State.

Announcing the outbreak in Lafia, the state capital, Dr Liman Mohammed, disclosed that in Awe Local Government Area, 89 cases have been recorded with one person dead.

He further disclosed that, in the Obi Local Government Area of the state, no fewer than two people have also lost their lives to disease with 32 cases confirmed.

He said: “We have recorded a death in Awe LGA that affected a six-year-old child that died within some few hours on reaching the health facility.

“And in Obi Local Government Area of the state, we just recorded two deaths arising from vomiting and diarrhoea which we have confirmed that is cholera.”

Dr Mohammed stated that the major causes of the menace were indiscriminate dumping of defecation and inadequate personal and environmental hygiene, adding that the tale issues could be inadequate portable community water supply.

While attributing the situation to bad sanitary habits, Dr Mohammed encouraged people of the affected areas to avert open defecation and maintain household best practices to curtail the problem.

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