Cholera Outbreak Claims Five in Sokoto

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At least five people have been confirmed dead, following the outbreak of cholera in Barkeji village of Tambuwal Local Government Area of Sokoto State.
THISDAY checks Monday revealed that the incident occurred on Sunday, involving two males and three females ranging between the ages of 20 and 28 years.
The Chairman of the council, Alhaji Sambo Modo, who confirmed the incident to THISDAY, said the council had mobilised adequate drugs at the community dispensary in Barkeji village.
He stated that the situation had been brought under control, while those infected by disease were currently receiving treatment.
Modo sympathised with the families of those who lost their lives and prayed against future occurrence.
Also speaking with THISDAY in the area, the acting Director of Health in the council, Malam Bala Oroji, attributed the incident to environmental factors.
He stated that out of the 11 people infected, seven persons were currently receiving treatment at a dispensary in the village while four persons had been discharged.
Orji revealed that the residents of the village had been sensitised on the need to ensure proper personal hygiene to avert the scourge.
"The cholera outbreak was as a result of environmental factors which led to the death of five adults in Barkeji village while 11 people were infected.
"So, we advised the residents of the village to ensure adequate personal hygiene and also clean their surroundings and toilets. We stressed the need for them to wash their food properly before eating and drinking potable water," Oroji said.
He disclosed that the state Ministry of Health also provided additional drugs to the victims in the area.
Oroji, therefore, urged the residents of the village to report any outbreak of the disease to the council for quick intervention.
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