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Cholera kills 9 in Sokoto

By Abdallah el-Kurebe
Sokoto—Cholera outbreak in Lugu village of Wurno Local Government Area of Sokoto State has claimed at least, nine lives since October 7, Vanguard can authoritatively reveal.

The death of the nine persons, which included adults and children of both sexes, Vanguard gathered, were recorded at the isolation camp set up in the village by the Medicines Sans Frontiers, MSF, and assisted by the local government health officials.

According to a local government health official overseeing the operations at the camp, Mallam Sambo Idris, 1,185 cases had so far been recorded.

He said that 18 patients were presently on admission at the camp while the rest had been discharged.

“We receive 2 to 20 patients per day and the number fluctuates,” Dr. Femi Olulode, a staff with MSF told Vanguard.

Father of 20-year-old Dahiru Shehu who has been hospitalised at the isolation camp, Mallam Shehu Sheriff, told Vanguard that his son was receiving adequate medical attention.

Sheriff said: “We are getting all the required drugs free and he is responding to treatment. We commend Wurno Local Government and Sokoto State government, as well as the MSF for rising to the challenges posed by the epidemic.”

Council boss identifies cause

Chairman, Wurno council, Alhaji Al-Mustapha Matawalle, attributed the problem to the contamination of water sources as a result of the collapse of Lugu Dam occasioned by flood, which occurred on September 9.

He said that the local government had purchased drugs and water treatment chemicals worth about N4.5 million, which were being used at the camp.

He said the local government had given an 8-week deadline to the residents of the village to ensure that they dig pit latrines.


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