Cholera outbreak has claimed five lives and 184 cases that have been treated in 20 Local Government Areas of Kano State.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Aminu Tsanyawa, who confirmed the cases at a media briefing in Kano today, July 19, said that five deaths were recorded, while 184 of the cases were treated and the patients fully recovered.
According to him, this year’s outbreak is low, compared to 2021 in which the state recorded 12,116 cases with 329 deaths.
He said that Cholera outbreak is seasonal and that it is a bacterial infection of humans, caused by v.cholarae, saying that the risk factors for cholera transmission are poor personal and environmental hygiene.
Other risk factors, he said, included food and water contamination, poor waste disposal and open defecation, advising residents on effective hand washing, personal and environmental hygiene to control the situation.
He called for the support of the media on public enlightenment in order to mitigate the outbreak to the minimum. Tsanyawa reiterated the state government’s commitment towards curtailing the situation and ensuring a healthy state.
He also commended the Kano Emirate Council for its effort in enlightenment campaign on public health in general.