Eleven persons have died following a suspected outbreak of cholera in Hayin madaci, Kuki and Falli Sarki in Bebeji Local Government Area of Kano State. Forty-seven others are hospitalised.
Youth leader Ubale Abubakar said the villages had been battling the outbreak for over a week.
They reported to the authorities and are awaiting their response. A father of six, Musa Abdullahi, said the 11th person was buried on Sunday evening. According to him, about 47 persons are being treated at home and patent medicine stores as the villages lack a clinic or hospital.
He said: “Abubakar Galadima Kuki, a member of the House of Assembly, is from this area. We have tried to reach him unsuccessfully.” A mother of four, Habiba Muhammad, lost her daughter Fausiya (three) yesterday; she had been vomiting and stooling since Thursday afternoon.
“Incidentally, my daughter started stooling and vomiting on Thursday afternoon after visiting our neighbour whose two children had similar symptoms.
I tried administering some drugs I bought from a patent medicine store but the situation did not improve. “My husband gave her some medication a neighbour gave us on Friday night and at first it seemed she was responding to treatment, only to become worse on Saturday afternoon, and died in the evening.
“We would have taken her to the closest hospital in Tiga, but the clinic has been closed for some time now.” The village Head, Malam Tijjani Abdullahi Kuki, who confirmed the outbreak on Sunday, said he planned to inform the district head yesterday. Efforts to speak with Chairman of Bebeji council Ali Namadi Bebeji were unsuccessful.
Commissioner for Health lbrahim Getso said medical personnel had been deployed to ascertain the situation of things and report back.