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Cholera Hits Kano Kills 10, 70 Persons Hospitalised

An outbreak of cholera, a disease that causes unrestrained stooling and vomiting, has hit Kano state killing about ten persons while 70 have been recorded hospitalised following the outbreak in two local government areas of the state.

A source who spoke under anonymity disclosed that, about ten persons have been killed by the cholera outbreak and that the health control unit of the health ministry received over 300 cases of cholera from various locations in the state.

Speaking with newsmen on Thursday, the state Deputy Director, Public Health and Disease Control, Dr Tijjani Husaini said,  70 persons were only recorded hospitalised who are the victims from Nasarawa and Dala local government areas.

Dr. Tijjani said the patients are currently receiving medical attention at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Kano metropolis.

He said, most of the victims were found to have been affected after visiting some of their infected relations.

"We started receiving cases of the disease two days ago and the number of affected persons has increased since from the first day. We realized that a number of those hospitalised were affected after they visited their infected relations".

However, he declined sating the number of casualty but said the state government has taken a number of measures aimed at controlling the situation as health personnela were despatched to houses where cases were indentified in order to control the spread of the disease.   

"We have established a temporary centres where there is concentration of the cases and this will enable those infected persons to go and get prompt medical attention".

He warned people to desist from drinking unclean water and always wash their hand with soap after visiting toilet, pointed that people should also wash vegetables and fruits before eating and avoid taking uncooked food.

In October, Daily Times reported that cholera hit seven states including Lagos, killing up to 80 people in Nigeria.