A cholera outbreak has killed 16 people and has infected 176 others in Adamawa and Kano states, a medical official said on Wednesday. While 12 have been confirmed dead in Adamawa, four others have been killed, following a fresh cholera outbreak at Wulari settlement in the Kumbotso Local Government Area of Kano State.
“So far, 12 people have died from the disease and there are many more cases,” said the Medical Director of the General Hospital, Mubi, Ezra Sakawa, told Reuters. “We have little manpower to deal with an outbreak of such magnitude,” Sakawa said, adding that nurses were on strike.
Also, the Director of Public Health in the Adamawa State Ministry of Health, Dr. Bwalki Dilli, has said that the number of those infected by cholera in Mubi had increased from 134 to 176. Also, one Suleiman Jingi told newsmen on Wednesday that he lost two of his children, Aisha Jibril, age three and four-year-old Suleiman to cholera.
The Chairman of Kumbotso Local Government, Kabiru Panshekara, also confirmed the incident, saying he was briefed about the death of three children. He said that urgent steps had been adopted to halt the spread of the disease in the area, adding that he had reported the outbreak to the state Ministry of Health.