An outbreak of the deadly Cholera disease has killed 30 people in Jigawa State and left 2000 hospitalized so far since May 2021.
This was confirmed by Dr Salisu Mu’azu, Permanent Secretary, Jigawa State Ministry of Health, who said the disease mostly infected children and has been recorded in 9 local governments in the state, according to the News Agency of Nigeria.
He said the worst areas of the state include, Hadejia, Dutse, Kirikasamma, Birnin Kudu and Ringim, citing that of the “2,000 infected cases, some had been discharged while others were still receiving free medical treatment in government hospitals.”
He added that there is no certain cause of the outbreak so far but hinted that some cases may be linked to water pollution.
“There is a 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 Jigawa state government said it is in control of the situation and providing care for more patients.