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Nutrition Safety: Cholera outbreak kills 60 persons in Katsina ─Commissioner

*The Katsina State Commissioner for Health discloses health education regarding the prevention and management of the disease as well as case search and surveillance is ongoing across the 34 Local Government Areas of the state

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

The Katsina State Government of Nigeria has confirmed that about 60 consumers died in several communities, following the outbreak of cholera in the state.

Yakubu Danja, Honourable Commissioner for Health in the state, disclosed this Saturday, August 7, 2021, during the 2021 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Katsina State Chapter, held in the state capital.

Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State

Cholera is an acute and often fatal intestinal disease that produces severe gastrointestinal symptoms, and it is usually caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholerae.

In view of the development, the Commissioner disclosed that health education regarding the prevention and management of the disease as well as case search and surveillance is ongoing across the 34 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state, Channels TV report said.

Danja stated that assorted drugs had already been purchased by the State Government for distribution to hospitals across the state for the treatment of the disease.

He explained: “We are aware of the current outbreak of diarrhea and vomiting that is affecting some communities in the state.

“The state government is making efforts towards control of the outbreak.

“Free drugs for the treatment of this outbreak are been purchased for distribution to hospitals for treatment of the cases.”

The Commissioner also noted: “Health education on prevention and management of the disease is ongoing.

“Active case search and surveillance is also ongoing across the state.

“Presently, we have over 1,400 confirmed cases of cholera with over 60 recorded deaths. Let me take this opportunity to draw the attention of the general public to the fact that diarrhea and vomiting is a preventable disease.”

Meanwhile, Danja has urged consumers in the state to ensure proper environmental sanitation, frequent hand washing, proper food hygiene, washing of all fruits and vegetables before eating as well as proper cooking of food items.

He equally tasked food vendors to ensure that they cover their food items in order to avoid contact with flies.

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