Cholera kills 71 in Kano, afflicts over 2,000 others

Posted by News Express | 1 February 2014 | 3,065 times

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At least 71 persons have died in the cholera epidemic that ravaged Kano State in South-West Nigeria from last November.

A report this morning in ThisDay quoted the Project Director of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in the Federal Ministry of Health, Professor AbdulSalam Nasidi, as saying: “The first cases were reported on November 6, 2013 with 22 local government affected. Also, 344 wards were affected while 713 settlements were ravaged by the disease. A total number of 71 deaths were recorded in 17 local government areas, representing 3.3 percent case fatality rate.”

He also disclosed that “in the last three month, 2,165 cases of cholera were recorded in 22 local government areas of the state, while Fagge Local Government Area recorded the highest number of deaths with 12 lives lost.”

Prof. Nasidi explained that most of the affected persons were from the metropolitan local government areas, assuring that teams of health experts have been deployed to the state by the Federal Ministry of Health to fight the bacteria.

ThisDay quoted experts as blaming the epidemic on the “consumption of unhygienic foods by the residents, especially with the high dependency on fruits by the residents.”

It also quoted the Kano State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Abubakar Labaran Yusuf, as saying that the state government has spent over N76 million to provide necessary drugs to combat the disease, while additional beds have also provided at various hospitals where the cholera were affected.

•Photo courtesy ThisDay shows some of the cholera patients in the hospital.

Source: News Express

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