By Ahmed Rufa’i, Dutse
The aftermath menace of the flooding that ravaged many communities in Nigeria recently is taking its toll on JIgawa state as it has increased the risk of cholera outbreak in the state.
At the last count 50 cases of cholera outbreak have been recorded at Akasan community of Taura local government area of the state.
The village head of Akasan, Malam Arma Ya’u Muhammad confirmed the outbreak of the disease, saying 50 persons mostly small children were affected though no death was recorded.
The traditional leader noted that the Save the Children International (SCI) had recently supported the community with water purification (water gard) and environmental sanitation materials.
Malam Muhammed added that “the Save the Children International in collaboration with the Community Based Organisation conducted a massive environmental sanitation, when all the village was fumigated to guard against cholera and other diseases”.
He therefore urged the people to continue to expand the sanitation exercise to reach other communities for better hygienic environment and to save the lives of children in the area.
On his part SCI enumerator Malam Ibrahim Muhammadu Dankawu said as SCI is an organisation with concern for the lives and welfare of the children, it was worried over the situation that was threatening the health of the children.
Malam Dankawu added that the sanitation campaign will help in reducing cholera outbreak and other child killer diseases.
He explained that, SCI through INSPIRING project embarked on awareness campaign on the importance of sanitation and hygien towards reducing the outbreak of diseases.
According to him, SCI provided the sanitation kits, and other equipments that would help in promoting hygienic environment.