Dis­ease kills 40 in Ji­gawa

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Aliyu M. Ha­m­agam, Dutse

About 40 peo­ple, most of them chil­dren, are re­ported to have died as a re­sult of the out­break of a dis­ease sus­pected to be cholera in Hara and Kafi­jiba vil­lages of Dutse LGA of Ji­gawa State.

Daily Trust learnt that the out­break was first re­ported over a month ago and since then chil­dren have been dy­ing with the latest one recorded on Satur­day.

The Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary in the Min­istry of Health, Ma­gaji Uba Jahun, how­ever said there was no such case in the state.

“As far as the min­istry is con­cerned, there is no such prob­lem in the state. We have a sur­veil­lance team and their work is to re­port such cases so that ex­perts will be sent to as­cer­tain the prob­lem for ac­tion”, he said.

But the vil­lage head of Hara, Sal­isu Idris, told Daily Trust that the deaths recorded in his vil­lage fol­lowed the out­break of a dis­ease char­ac­ter­ized by vom­it­ing and di­ar­rhoea.

He said within 30 days there was hardly a day with­out the death of a child in the neigh­bour­ing com­mu­ni­ties, and some fam­i­lies had lost as many as three chil­dren.

Idris said there was a well in the vil­lage which served as the only source of drink­ing wa­ter though he was not sure the dis­ease was a re­sult of con­tam­i­na­tion of drink­ing wa­ter.

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