No fewer than 123 people have died of Cholera in Jigawa and Sokoto states even as the disease rages.
In Jigawa State, 100 of the 5,000 persons infected by the disease have died, while 23 lost their lives in Sokoto.
The Jigawa figures were disclosed yesterday in Dutse, the state capital by the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Health, Dr Salisu Mu’azu who said the cases were recorded in 19 of the 27 local government areas in the state.
In Sokoto, the state’s commissioner for health, Ali Inname, who briefed journalists, noted that the infection had spread to 13 of the state’s 23 local government areas.
Muazu said it was unfortunate that the disease keeps spreading despite measures taken by the state government to mitigate the scourge of the outbreak.
The permanent secretary added that, the state government had supplied drugs and other medicine to health facilities in the affected area for treating the infected people free of charge.
Visiting some of the affected area, medical workers who spoke under the condition of anonymity decried shortage of protective equipment and medicine as the cases continue increasing daily.
In Zareko village of Miga local government, 8 people were reported died in less than 24/hours while over 260 cases reported within a week in the village.
Inname blamed the development on poor hygiene, saying open defecation and other poor sanitary practices by the residents have been worsened by the rains that have begun to fall in the state.
Earlier in March, the government was forced to shut down Government Girls College, Mabera, following a similar outbreak.