From Muawuya Bala Idris Katsina
Cholera has ravaged 25 out of 34 Local Government Councils in Katsina State.
Already the state has recorded 75 deaths with 1,534 currently receiving treatment.
The State Commissioner of Health, Yakubu Danja told newsmen that Funtua area recorded the highest death of 18 people with 384 cases.
Danja said Charanchi Local Government Area recorded 138 cases with 14 death, Jibia 69 cases with 14 death and Kankara with 71 cases with 5 death.
He listed the council areas affected with cholera to include, Bakori, Batagarawa, Batsari, Bindawa, Chranachi, Dandume, Danja, Danmusa, Dutsi, Dutsin-ma and Funtua.
Others include Ingawa, Jibia, Kafur, Kankara, Kankia, Katsina, Kusada, Maiadua, Malumfashi, Matazu, Musawa, Rimi and Sabuwa.
Danja said 67 percent of death and people affected with the disease are at age of 15 years and above.
He attributed the outbreak of the disease to drinking of contaminated water and lack of sanitation.
The commissioner explained that the state government has taken measures to stop spread of the disease through supply of drugs and other consumables to the affected areas.
He further said government has embarked on community sanitation, house to house awareness and jingles for people to guard against contacting with the disease .
Danja however identified some challenges which include insecurity, wide practice of open defecation that hinder effort to reach areas affected with the disease and control its spread.
He appealed to people of the state to improve on their personnel and environmental hygiene, regular hand washing and boiling of water to avoid becoming victim of the disease.