An outbreak of gastro enteritis in Jega Local Government Area of Kebbi has resulted in the death of five people and hospitalization of 20 others.



The Director, Primary Health Care Department of the council, Alhaji Musa Kwaifa, disclosed this on Thursday in Jega.




“Out of the 50 cases, 25 have been treated and discharged from the hospital while 20 are on admission receiving necessary medical attention and five have lost their lives, and those on admission had been isolated to avoid the spread of the disease.




Kwaifa said health personnel had been deployed to the affected areas to contain the situation.



He also said that intervention drugs had been provided by the state government with the assistance of Medicine San Frontier, also known as Doctors without Borders, a medical aid group.



When contacted, the State Director of Epidemiology, Alhaji Usman Bunza confirmed the report, saying efforts had been intensified to stop the disease from spreading.



Bunza called on the public to embrace the culture of personal hygiene and proper environmental sanitation to forestall a reoccurrence of the disease in the state.




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