No fewer than 25 lives have been reportedly lost to suspected cholera and gastroenteritis that have left over 40 persons hospitalised across Katsina State.
Investigations revealed that Charanchi local government area accounted for about 18 of those who had reportedly died of Cholera in the state as available data indicated that 24 cases of the disease were recorded as at Saturday.
The spokesman of the local council, Mannir Idris Charanchi, who intimated the press on the reported disease in some parts of the area and the state, on behalf of the Transition Committee chairman of Charanchi, Abubakar Yusuf Radda, reassured that the council and other relevant authorities were in full control of the outbreak.
It was gathered that a suspected outbreak of gastroenteritis claimed about five persons with the reported symptoms of stooling and vomiting as no fewer than six others at Tsagem village were receiving treatment in Mani LGA of the state.
LEADERSHIP learnt that suspected gastroenteritis in Baure LGA had claimed the lives of two persons at Kuru village. The Transition Committee chairman of the area, Salisu Baure, who paid a sympathy visit to those who cheated death in the village, charged the people of the area to always keep their environment clean to curtail the burden of the disease.
Similarly, no fewer than 10 persons are said to have contracted the suspected gastro-enteritis in Safana LGA of the state, the PHC coordinator of the area, Salisu Muhmmad Dan-Ali, has said.
Dan-Ali, who noted that the villages affected included Gora, Gobirawa, Unguwar Duhu and Chingarawa, said teams of health care personnel have been drafted to the villages to prevent the spread of the disease.
The Transition Committee chairman of Safana, Abba Dayyabu Safa, who confirmed the development during the disbursement of drugs to the affected communities as part of the effort to control its spread, called on the people to complement the government’s efforts by maintaining clan and healthy environment.
The Katsina State commissioner for Health, Hajiya Mariatu Bala Usman, could not be reached as at the time of filing in this report but it was however gathered that the state government and development partners were facilitating prompt response in all the affected areas.