A cholera outbreak in Jigawa State has killed no fewer than 30 people with more than 2,000 hospitalised in the past two months in the state.
This came as seven people were confirmed killed by cholera in Enugu State.
Permanent Secretary, Jigawa State Ministry of Health, Dr Salisu Mu’azu, who confirmed the outbreak, said most of the infected cases were children recorded in nine local government areas of the state.
Mu’azu listed Hadejia, Dutse, Kirikasamma, Birnin Kudu and Ringim as some of the areas worst hit by the outbreak. He said of the 2,000 infected cases, some had been discharged while others were still receiving free medical treatment in government hospitals.
The permanent secretary, who could not immediately say what was the cause of the outbreak, insisted that the Hadejia case could be linked to water pollution.
He alleged that there was the possibility of water contamination from an area where people practised open defecation near the water vendors, who collect and circulate the water to residents of Hadejia town.
Mu’azu said the state government was on top of the situation for now and has been providing necessary assistance to the residents in the affected areas.
He added that the United Nations International Children’s Education Fund, UNICEF, had supplied some medications and promised to send more soonest.
It would be recalled that Director-General of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, Chikwe Ihekweazu, had said six states reported 1,786 suspected cases of cholera between June 20 and 26.
He listed the states as Bauchi, 1,239 cases; Kano, 362 cases; Niger, 62 cases; Zamfara, 55 cases; Kaduna, 59 cases, and Plateau, nine cases.