In Kebbi, 53 traders miss­ing as boat cap­sizes While 18 die of cholera

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Is­mail Ade­bayo, Birnin Kebbi

Aboat car­ry­ing 100 traders from Gaya area of Niger Re­pub­lic have cap­sized in River Niger at Lolo area of Kebbi State.

The boat was car­ry­ing the traders to a mar­ket in Lolo at Bagudo Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment in Kebbi state when the ac­ci­dent hap­pened.

It was gath­ered that 47 of the traders who were re­ported to be in the boat when it cap­sized have been res­cued.

The chair­man of Bagudo lo­cal gov­ern­ment, Al­haji Muhammed Kaura Zagga con­firmed to our cor­re­spon­dent that ma­jor­ity of the traders were from Gaya in Niger Re­pub­lic. He said they were go­ing to the mar­ket at Lolo when their boat cap­sized.

He said the Niger au­thor­i­ties had de­ployed 500 divers to search for the re­main­ing traders who were miss­ing.

The Act­ing Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of the State Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency (SEMA), Al­haji Ab­bas Rabiu con­firmed the boat mishap to our cor­re­spon­dent, say­ing, “They were mostly traders from Niger Re­pub­lic.”

In an­other de­vel­op­ment, 18 peo­ple have died from the out­break of gas­troen­teri­tis at DoleKaina area of Dandi lo­cal gov­ern­ment area of Kebbi State.

The 18 peo­ple were among the 216 peo­ple that were ad­mit­ted at the bor­der hos­pi­tal at DoleKaina in Kamba area of the state.

The Deputy Nurs­ing Of­fi­cer, Lawali Saidu, told our cor­re­spon­dent that the pa­tients were stool­ing and vom­it­ing ex­ces­sively when they were brought to the hos­pi­tal and they died within the first week on treat­ment.

It would be re­called that the wa­ter-borne dis­ease has in the past one month spread to sev­eral lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties in the state and Dole Kaina, a bor­der town area of Kamba was one of the worst hit ar­eas in the state.

The nurs­ing of­fi­cer added that the hos­pi­tal had been ad­mit­ting and treat­ing peo­ple on daily ba­sis for the gas­troen­teri­tis dis­ease. “Yes there is an out­break of cholera here. We lost 18 out of the 216 peo­ple who were brought here last week,” he said.

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