17th December, 2013
Kano state government, northwest Nigeria, has spent N20 million to control the outbreak of cholera which affected 336 people and left five dead in the last one week, Commissioner for Health, Dr. Labaran Yusuf revealed to journalists on Tuesday.
Dr. Yusuf advised residents to take preventive measures to avoid further spread of the deadly disease while government is providing drugs and treatment for those already affected.
According to him, all the needed drugs have been provided in all the affected areas, adding that, “we have also engaged in mass health education and enlightenment. We have also created cholera treatment centres. We have commenced public awareness and case-supporting initiatives.”
He also tasked residents to report discovered cases of gastroenteritis and vomiting to healthcare centres for prompt medical attention, adding that it is the major symptom of cholera.
He further advised residents to compulsorily wash vegetables and fruits before consumption, as well as to avoid eating roadside prepared food and unprotected drinks.
He listed other measures to include the restriction and confinement of victims and to ensure that water must be boiled before drinking for drinking, “avoid unwashed vegetables and fruits, and ensure to wash your hands after making use of the toilet as the disease is contagious.’’
Dr Yusuf also directed all healthcare facilitators to restrict themselves from venturing into isolated areas, warning that cholera is a killer disease.