Cholera outbreak has reportedly killed 15 persons in six local
government areas of Katsina State within four days. Sources at the
affected local governments who confirmed the outbreak, said aside the
15 persons that died, 132 new cases were recorded between June 29 and
July 2, 2018. Nine out of the 15 persons, mostly children died in
Funtua Local Government Area (LGA), while six died in Kusada LGA of
the state. the state Commissioner of Health, Mariatu Bala Usman,
confirmed yesterday that  six persons died in Kusada and 58 cases were
recorded in six LGAs. “We have cases of cholera in Kusada and other
five local government areas of Katsina. We have reports that this
particular outbreak has come from the people taking contaminated water
and vegetables. So I am appealing to citizens of the state,
particularly those at the community level to desist from taking
contaminated water,” she said. The commissioner further disclosed that
the state government has put mechanism in motion to tackle the
outbreak, adding that the Ministry of Health has procured drugs for
the treatment of the patients free. Similarly, member representing
Funtua at the state Assembly, honourable Abubakar Muhammad, during the
plenary yesterday, urged relevant authority to come to rescue of his
constituents. “Considering the outbreak of cholera in my constituent,
I urge my colleagues to invite the concern agency to provide
assistance to the people of my constituency”, Muhammad said. The
affected local government areas as at the time of filing this report
were Funtua, Kusada, Kaita, Ingawa, Kankia and Katsina.

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