Cholera outbreak hits Katsina State

Katsina State is going through a hard time after cholera hit the state. Sunday Vanguard gathered that all the 34 local government areas of the state are affected, about 53 dead while several others were hospitalized and discharged. The local government areas worst hit are Batsari with 561 cases, Funtua (468), Jibia (406), Danmusa (146), Katsina (145), Rimi (132), Batagarawa (117), Faskari (115), Bakori (111) and Mani (102).

Penultimate Saturday, a fresh outbreak in Charanchi local government area of the state claimed 15 lives. The death toll later rose to 18 or thereabouts a day or two days after when three other victims hospitalized at the Charanchi Comprehensive Clinic were confirmed dead. A credible source in Rimi local government area, who strongly pleaded to speak on the condition of anonymity, said 13 people had so far been lost to the outbreak in the area. Statistics of past outbreaks in Katsina shows that, as of June 30, 2018, death toll from an outbreak stood at 11 – Funtua (5 deaths) and Kusada (6 deaths) from 132 cases recorded in six local government areas of the state. The six local government areas which recorded the outbreak at that time are Funtua (40 cases), Kusada (83), Kaita (3 cases), Ingawa (4 cases), Kankia (1) and Katsina (1 case). Additional 5 people died in Jibia local government area. The victims include male and female as well as young and old persons.

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