Kano Cholera Has Killed 28 Persons In 7 Months
The the past 7 months, Kano State has recorded 28 deaths as a result of cholera outbreak. It has had at least 50 confirmed cases of the disease.
Also within the period, 400 suspected cases of acute watery diarrhoea were recorded, the Commissioner for Health, Dr Kabiru Getso, told reporters on Tuesday in Kano.
The reported cases of cholera were across the 33 local government areas of the state.
Dr Getso said since the beginning of the outbreak, the state government through the Ministry of Health had instituted several control measures to combat the outbreak.
He said other measures include mounting of continuous surveillance for all epidemic prone diseases as well as active search for cases of diarrhoea and vomiting.
According to him, the state government had also approved the sum of 32 million Naira to prevent and control epidemics in the state in addition to setting up of Rapid Response Team.
“The team will respond and investigate any rumoured cases in the state and provision and re-positioning of emergency medical supplies and consumables in facilities.
"The control of this outbreak depends on not only government but also on other key stakeholders such as the civil society organisations, media and community based organisations, among others," he highlighted.
On the first round of 2018 maternal, newborn and child health week, which was flagged off on Monday, the Commissioner said the week-long activities would provide health services for mothers, newborn and children through existing health system.
He encouraged husbands to make the best use of the opportunity by allowing their pregnant women to access the services, which are free of charge.
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