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Zamfara has recorded 1,188 cases of cholera and 50 of diphtheria across the 14 local government areas of the state since December 2022.

The state’s Commissioner of Health, Dr. Aishatu Anka disclosed this while distributing medical consumables at the Shagari Cholera Treatment Centre in Gusau on Wednesday.

Anka stated that Cholera is prevalent in Gusau Anka, Bakura, and Bukkuyum local government areas of the state.

According to the commissioner, the Governor of the state, Dauda Lawan has visited some of the patients at Anka General Hospital and said, “I am here at Shagari Cholera Treatment Centre to equally assess the patients’ response to treatment.

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She said 40 people had died out of the 1,188 cases so far recorded and confirmed the emergence of 50 Diphtheria cases with two deaths recorded.

The commissioner said that investigation was being conducted to ascertain the extent of the disease spread.

Anka commended the National Centre for Diseases and Control for establishing a state centre at Yariman Bakura Specialist Hospital Gusau and urged communities to ensure sanitation of their environment and imbibe effectual personal hygiene.

She urged the public to make sure they consumed only clean water as doing so would enable the state to effectively curtail the further spread of the disease.