Scores feared dead as cholera rav­ages Zaria

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Isa Sa’idu, Zaria

Lo­cal au­thor­i­ties in Zaria, Kaduna State, say nine per­sons have died as a re­sult of a cholera out­break in the area while over 50 oth­ers are be­ing treated for the dis­ease in var­i­ous hos­pi­tals.

Though find­ings by our cor­re­spon­dent in­di­cated that the ca­su­alty fig­ure may be higher, Zaria LG chair­man, Lawal Balarabe, said the re­port in his pos­ses­sion showed the num­ber of deaths and oth­ers af­fected from only govern­ment hos­pi­tals.

“Our record re­lies on re­ports from govern­ment hos­pi­tals. We have about 15 pri­vate hos­pi­tals that don’t re­port to us, there­fore we can’t know what is hap­pen­ing there,” he said.

But our cor­re­spon­dent re­ports that cholera which has been rav­aging Zaria for some time now has taken a higher toll in var­i­ous gov­ern­ments and pri­vate hos­pi­tals as well as dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties.

In Sabon Gari LGA for ex­am­ple, Mar­mara area is worst hit. Checks at the govern­men­towned Ma­jor Ibrahim Ab­dul­lahi Me­mo­rial Hospi­tal re­vealed that many pa­tients are on ad­mis­sion and are buy­ing drugs for treat­ment. “Be­fore we went on strike many people died in this hospi­tal but I can’t re­call the num­ber. When we re­sumed, I know that one per­son died. From the re­port I have from dif­fer­ent ar­eas of Zaria and en­vi­rons, not less than 55 per­sons have died”, a hospi­tal source said, but Daily Trust could not in­de­pen­dently ver­ify the claim. Checks in other ar­eas like Gyellesu re­vealed that nine per­sons died from the dis­ease. Other ar­eas like Tudun Jukun, Dambo, Wu­ci­ciri, Dut­sen Abba, Tudun Wada also recorded ca­su­al­ties.

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