As the cholera disease hits hard in some states in Nigeria, the Jigawa State government on Monday shut its water source in order to investigate the actual cause of the outbreak in the state.
According to an official data made available to newsmen, about 30 people have lost their lives in Jigawa State in the past one month as a result of complication from cholera disease.
Similarly, Enugu, Benue, Plateau and Bayelsa states have reported deaths from cholera in the past few weeks. Hence, it’s seen as a serious health concern to the Nigerian health system.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health in Jigawa, Salisu Mu’azu, revealed that the 30 deaths were reported from the over 2,000 patients who tested positive for the disease in nine of the 27 local government areas of the state, adding that Hadejia and Dutse local governments are the most affected.
Mu’azu blamed the practice of open defecation in the country for the spread of the disease.
According to him, rainfall washes faeces and other wastes into wells and water outlets that the residents use for domestic purposes.
Mu’azu revealed that the state government has directed the release of free drugs to the victims for immediate medical attention.
He added that UNICEF and Doctors Without Borders have indicated readiness to partner with the state in mitigating the spread of the scourge.