A cholera outbreak in Jigawa has killed at least 30 people and more than 2,000 have been hospitalized in the last two months in the state Dr. Salisu Mu’azu, Permanent Secretary of the Jigawa State Ministry of Health, confirmed fact.
He said most of the infected cases were children registered in nine local government areas of the state Mu’azu, including Hadejia; Dutse, Kirikasamma, Birnin Kudu, and Ringim the areas hardest hit by the outbreak.
He said that some had been discharged of the 2,000 infected cases while others continued to receive free medical treatment at government hospitals The permanent secretary, who could not immediately say what caused the outbreak, insisted that the Hadejia case could be related to water contamination.
He alleged that there was a possibility of water contamination in an area where people practiced open defecation near water vendors who collect and circulate water to residents of Hadejia village.
Mu’azu said the state government was aware of the situation for now and has been providing necessary assistance to residents in the affected areas The permanent secretary said the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) had supplied some medicines and promised to send more soon.