Just some days ago in Sokoto some 9 persons died and the death was linked to gastroenteritis.

Again, in President Muhammadu Buhari's state, Katsina, authorities have confirmed 15 deaths due to what an official suspected to be cases of this same gastroenteritis.

Gastroenteritis is also known as infectious diarrhoea. It is an inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract - the stomach and small intestine.

The Katsina deaths occurred in Charanchi Local Government Area of Katsina State.

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These deaths were announced by, Mannir Idris, the spokesman for the Transition Committee Chairman of the council, Yusuf  Radda, while briefing reporter.

He said that the areas affected by the outbreak were Charanchi town, Malali and Banye villages.

Radda said that about 24 persons have so far been hospitalised and were currently receiving medical treatment at the Charanchi Comprehensive Healthcare Centre.

According to him, the council had already sent team of medical experts to render services to the victims.

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"We quickly responded to the situation by providing necessary drugs for treatment of the affected persons.

"We are calling for urgent intervention from the state government to curtail spread of the disease," he said.

He also urged people in the areas to continue to embrace both personal and environmental hygiene, as part of measures to prevent diseases outbreak.  

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