Kano – Twenty eight people have lost their lives
to cholera in Kano between the months of
January and July this year as a result of 400
reported cases of acute watery diarrhea and 50
confirmed cases of cholera across 33 local
government areas in the state.

This was confirmed by the state’s commissioner
of health, Dr. Kabiru Ibrahim Getso while
addressing news men in his office on Tuesday.

Explaining steps taken by the Kano state
government through his ministry, the
commissioner stated that measures have been
taken to alleviate the situation while reminding
the public that currently there are 17 states
battling the outbreak across the country including
Kano.
“As you might be aware, the country is currently
experiencing increased incidence of acute watery
diarrhea and an ongoing cholera outbreak in 17
states”.
Meanwhile, the sum of N32 Million Naira has
been earmarked to tackle the plight. More so, a
Rapid Respond Team has been set up for
continued surveillance for all epidemic prone
diseases in the state to avoid any outbreak.
Getso who spoke at the flag off ceremony of the
first round of 2018 maternal, newborn and child
health week in Kano said that, the control of the
outbreak depends not only on government but
also on other key stakeholders such as the Civil
Society Organizations, media, Community-Based
Organizations, families and individuals. He further
assured that the situation is under control.
The commissioner called on the general public to
adopt safety measures such as; drinking safe and
clean water by using chlorine to treat the water,
avoid open defecation, ensure regular washing of
hands with soap on a regular basis as well as
ensuring that suspected cases are reported to a
nearest health centers among others.
In the same vein, the state government has set
aside N98 million for the provision of essential
drugs for MNCH week, in which such services
would be provided free of charge for the benefit
of the women and children in the state.
He said that the state government targets 2.7
million children under the ages of five as well as
500, 000 pregnant women for immunization.
He further stressed that, as part of the state
government’s commitment to ensuring good
health delivery service, over N4 billion worth of
drugs and medical consumables have been
provided by the state government with the
arrangements to employ the services of 150
nurses to address shortage of manpower in some
of the state hospitals.

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