Cholera outbreak has claimed the lives of 59 people in Nasarawa State.
Director of Public Health, State Ministry of Health, Dr. Ibrahim Adamu, confirmed the deaths on Thursday.
According to him, ” Since the outbreak of cholera in the state less than 6 months ago, a total of 892 cases had been recorded with 59 deaths.”
Adamu said that the disease had been recorded in eight local government areas. They are: Doma, Lafia, Wamba, Kokona, Obi, Nasarawa, Toto, and Karu.
He disclosed that most of the communities that recorded the disease practice open defecation and lack potable water.
The medical practitioner said that the state government had taken proactive measures to check further spread of the disease such as initiating a multi-sectoral approach to expand sensitisation campaigns and identification of the affected communities to provide them with motorised boreholes, among others.
Adamu, however, called on the people to observe and improve on their physical and environmental hygiene.