Cholera Outbreak: Katsina Gets A Bad Hit


*150 Deaths, Still Counting
*33 of 34 LGAs
Affected


While relevant Nigerian authorities dig deep in finding modalities for coontaining the spread of the Covid-19’s 3rd wave, alongside its different deadly variants, cholera, snuck in on the country and is fast becoming a more morbid killer.
Reports from at least, 18 of the country’s 36 state and the FCT, indicate that it is raking in more deaths per average the Covid-19 global pandemic.
Disturbingly, Katsina state, North West Nigeria, appears to be in serious trouble. According to reports, 33 of its 34 council areas are not only badly hit, the virulent disease has claimed at least, 150 lives out of about 5,677 people reported cases. The number is still counting.
Executive Secretary, Katsina State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Shamsudeen Yahaya, confirmed the development on Sunday while briefing newsmen, explain that the figures represent available records gathered from cross the state as at 5 September.
“A total of 5,677 confirmed cases were recorded in 33 out of the 34 Local Government Areas of the state.
“As of 5th September 2021, only one local government area is not affected by the outbreak”
Yahaya noted however, that the state government is not relenting on efforts at stopping the spread of the deadly disease. Among others, the state government, he said, is conducting a house to house enlightenment campaign to sensitize locals on what they need to do in order to help victims before getting full medical attention and what they must also do to avoid being infected or becoming spread agents. He added that the government has equally procured and distributed relevant drugs to all health facilities across the state.
“There is an increase in the number, but then the government is taking proactive measures, to prevent further spread of the disease.
“Part of the measures include procurement and prompt distribution of drugs to all the health facilities across the Local Government Areas of the state, active case contact tracing, and management, as well as training of health personnel on effective case detection and management.
“Other measures include, going house to house, with the assistance of the Voluntary Community Mobilizers, VCMs, who are teaching people the signs and symptoms, as well as how to prepare Oral Rehydration Solution, ORS, and Oral Salt Solution, OSS, among others,” Yahaya stated.

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