Cholera claims 83 lives, 1,120 infected in Kaduna

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Cholera outbreak has killed 83 and affected 1,120 people in the 19 local government areas of Kaduna State.

According to reports, in July 638 people were affected out of which 33 people died in the 16 LGAs of the State.

Speaking to Daily Trust in Kaduna, the Executive Secretary of Disease Control Agency, Kaduna State, Dr Hamza Ibrahim Ikara, said that, with the recent development, the State’s health team was going round the 19 affected LGAs to educate people on environmental and personal hygiene.

“So far, we have 1,120 people affected and we have collected over 85 samples which 55 resulted to positive and we have recorded 83 deaths. 19 local government areas are affected in the State.

“Our team are going round the 19 affected LGAs to ensure environmental hygiene and personal hygiene.

“Provision of portable water and chlorine for water treatment because it’s caused by water source,” he said.

It was also gathered that suspected cases were being admitted in Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital and Rigasa Hospital within the State.

A resident of Danmani in Igabi LGA, Malam Attahiru Musa, said his 10-year-old son died of the disease on Wednesday.

According to him, the boy died around 2 pm after suffering from diarrhoea.

“We took him to a private hospital, but later we brought him back home and he died around 2 pm.

“Most people complaining of the disease are rushed to Rigasa and Barau Dikko hospital,” he said.

Sources at Barau Dikko Teaching hospital, who craved anonymity, also confirmed that cholera patients were brought daily to the hospital.

The Hospital Chief Medical Director, Abdulkadir Musa Tabare, couldn’t be reached for comment as a call to his phone was not answered.

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