According to reports reaching Oyogist.com, no fewer than sixty persons have lost their lives across many communities in Katsina State following the outbreak of cholera in the state.
The state Commissioner for Health, Yakubu Danja disclosed this on Saturday during the 2021 Annual General Meeting of the State chapter of Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) held in the state capital.
“We are aware of the current outbreak of diarrhea and vomiting that is affecting some communities in the state. The state government is making efforts towards control of the outbreak,” the commissioner said.
“Free drugs for the treatment of this outbreak are been purchased for distribution to hospitals for treatment of the cases.
“Health education on prevention and management of the disease is ongoing. Active case search and surveillance is also ongoing across the state.
“Presently, we have over 1,400 confirmed cases of cholera with over 60 recorded deads. Let me seize this opportunity to draw the attention of the general public to the fact that diarrhea and vomiting is a preventable disease.”
He further urged residents in the state to ensure proper environmental sanitation, frequent hand washing, proper food hygiene, washing of all fruits and vegetables before eating as well as proper cooking of food items.
Danja tasked food vendors to ensure that they cover their food items to avoid contact with flies.