ENUGU, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA)- Zamfara has recorded 1,188 cases of cholera and 50 of diphtheria across the 14 local government areas of the state since December 2022, when the diseases first broke out.
Health commissioner Aishatu Anka disclosed this while distributing medical consumables on Wednesday at the Shagari Cholera Treatment Centre in Gusau.
Ms Anka stated cholera was prevalent in Gusau Anka, Bakura, and Bukkuyum LGA.
According to the commissioner, Governor Dauda Lawan visited some of the patients at Anka General Hospital.
“I am here at Shagari Cholera Treatment Centre to equally assess the patient’s response to treatment,” said the governor.
She said 40 people had died out of the 1,188 recorded cases. The health commissioner also confirmed the emergence of 50 diphtheria cases, with two deaths recorded.
The commissioner said an investigation was being conducted to ascertain the extent of the spread of the disease.
Ms Anka commended the National Centre for Diseases and Control for establishing a state centre at Yariman Bakura Specialist Hospital Gusau. She urged communities to ensure sanitation of their environment and imbibe effectual personal hygiene.
She urged the public to ensure they consumed only clean water as doing so would enable the state to curtail the further spread of the disease effectively.