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The death toll from the Nasarawa State cholera epidemic has risen to 59. This is due to the fact that the state has recorded 892 cases of the disease in the last six months.
Dr. Ibrahim Adamu Alhassan, Director of Public Health of the State Ministry of Health, told journalists recently that the sickness had been recorded in eight of the State’s thirteen local government units.
He said the affected areas are Doma, Lafia, Wamba, Kokona, Obi, Nasarawa, Toto and Karu.
Dr. Alhassan cited open defecation and lack of potable drinking water as causes of the outbreak of the deadly disease in the state.
He assured that the state government had taken “necessary measures” to contain further spread of the disease. This he said the government is doing through a “multi sectoral approach.”
He urged residents to maintain hygienic practices and report cases promptly to the relevant facilities, even as he assured them of the state government’s commitment to expanding sensitisation campaigns and identification of the affected communities to provide them with motorized boreholes, among others.