KATSINA RECORDS 60 DEATHS OVER CHOLERA OUTBREAK
Katsina state has recorded 60 deaths due to an outbreak of cholera in the state. According to the state Commissioner for Health, Yakubu Danja, the 60 deaths were from the 1,400 confirmed cases of cholera in the state.
Danja, who represented Governor Aminu Masari at the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) Annual General Meeting (AGM), said the government was making efforts at curbing the spread of the disease in the state. According to him, drugs have been purchased for distribution to hospitals across the State to curtail the spread of the disease. He added that health education on prevention and management of the disease and active case search and surveillance are ongoing across the 34 Local Government Areas in the state.
However, he did not disclose the number of local government areas in the state currently being ravaged by the disease.
The Commissioner also counselled residents of the state to adhere strictly to basic protocols of personal hygiene which include ensuring 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. He emphasised that the use of clean water is the surest preventive measure against the disease.
Danja tasked food vendors to cover their food items in order to avoid contact with flies, he also warned the citizens of the state against open defecation