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Katsina Assembly Expresses Concern As Cholera Kills 11, Scores Hospitalised

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Members of the Katsina State House of Assembly, yesterday expressed concerns over suspected outbreak of cholera in about six local government areas of the state which has claimed no fewer than 11 lives out of about 142 cases recorded.

The cholera outbreak is to come under intense scrutiny as the Deputy Speaker of the House, Engr. Shehu Dalhatu Tafoki, who presided over the maiden sitting of the legislature on its resumption from Sallah break, directed the House Committee on Health to liaise with the State Ministry of Health and submit its report as soon as possible.

LEADERSHIP findings revealed that the committee would assess the circumstances surrounding the said 11 deaths and the scores of persons on admission following the outbreak.

The lawmakers’ response followed a motion of urgent importance raised by the member representing Funtua constituency, Mohammed Abubakar, saying the Funtua local government area has lost at least five persons to the ailment while about 50 others had been hospitalised.

Abubakar said the suspected cholera epidemic required urgent attention as several local governments areas across the state had been hit by the disease.

He expressed fear that residents of Masaka, Goya, Dikke and some parts of Funtua metropolis, who fetched untreated water from dams, ponds, streams and shallow wells who had been overwhelmed by with unclean water were worst hit by the ailment in the state.

The legislator also lamented that such outbreak of communicable diseases had become almost an annual occurrence during rainy season while calling for concerted efforts of relevant ministry and departments to deal with the scourge.



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