10 January 2014

Nigeria: Cholera Outbreak - FG Donates N34 Million Drugs to Kano

Photo: Nancy Palus/IRIN
A man washes his hands during cholera prevention session (file photo).

The Federal Government has donated drugs worth N34 million to Kano state government to enable it tackle cholera outbreak which affected 22 local government areas in the state.

The Project Director, Nigerian Centre for Diseases Control, Federal Ministry of Health, Prof. Abdulsalam Nasidi, disclosed this while briefing newsmen in Kano on Friday.

Nasidi disclosed that no fewer than 71 persons had died as a result of the outbreak in the past two months.

He said that in the affected local government areas, a total of 2,165 cases were recorded.

He stated that Fagge and Dawakin Kudu Local Government Areas recorded the highest number of deaths, with 12 cases each, and total reported cases of 276 and 135, respectively.

"In the first cases reported on Nov. 6, 2013 in the 22 local government areas affected, 344 wards were affected while 713 settlements were ravaged by the disease.

"A total number of 71 deaths were recorded from 17 local government areas, which represented 3.3 per cent case fatality rate", he said.

Nasidi said that the federal government was disturbed by the outbreak of the disease, "particularly with the number of innocent lives that were lost".

He said that the situation prompted the government to send a delegation to the state to assist in combating, as well as controlling the spread of the disease.

In his remarks, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Abubakar Labaran, said that the state government had spent more than N76 million to provide drugs at various hospitals and health centres in the affected areas.

He commended the federal government and the World Health Organisation (WHO) for their support towards combating the epidemic. (NAN).

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