Two victims have been confirmed dead following a bout of cholera outbreak that struck Jibiya council area of Katsina state.
It was gathered that no fewer than fourteen people have been hospitalised at the Jibiya general Hospital following an outbreak of the epidemic that struck at an undisclosed residence in Ungwan Sarki area of Jibiya town.
Hospital sources said the two persons who died were among the fourteen victims rushed to the hospital for treatment.
A relative of one of the victims, Musa Adamu, told our correspondent that he noticed sudden change in his 6-year-old younger brother who “started vomiting excessively” noting that he was rushed to hospital.
Speaking to our correspondent on the condition of anonymity, a nurse at the Jibiya general hospital said the victims were separately brought in following complaints of excessive vomiting and diarrhoea.
The hospital staff said, “In fact, one doesn’t even need a medical skill to ascertain the fact that they have been hit by cholera outbreak as the signs are too conspicous for all to see”.
Confirming the outbreak, Information Officer of Jibiya local government, Sa’adu Suleiman, told our correspondent that the local government authority had provided drugs to the affected victims.
“Upon receipt of the information of the outbreak, the council area promptly dispatched drugs to all health centres while adequate attention was accorded those hospitalised at the General Hospital”.
Meanwhile, the Association of Resident Doctors, ARD, Federal Medical Centre Katsina, has pledged to provide urgent medical support to victims of cholera outbreak.
Speaking to newsmen yesterday, president of the association, Dr Mohammed Suleiman said the association which had been on strike for the past three weeks, decided to suspend the industrial action to render of humanitarian services.
“We will resume work immediately even if for nothing, atleast to assist victims of the cholera outbreak that struck Jibiya local government area of the state” he said.