At least 51 people in eight local government councils of Nasarawa State have died from cholera disease in the last eight months.
The State Director of Public Health, Dr. Ibrahim Adamu Alhassan, made this disclosure on Monday, during an interview in Lafia, the State have been treated, adding that nor of them is currently in any health facility in the State.
Alhassan who attributed the situation to poor sanitary conditions in some homes and open defecations in the State, especially in the affected Councils, said Government is on top of the situation.
Alhassan who explained that the victims were from Awe, Obi, Lafia, Keana, Keffi, Karu, Nasarawa and Toto Local Government Councils, said that the Ministry in no distant time will convene a sectoral meeting, comprising NASENA, NAWASA and SDGs to brainstorm on a long term approach to prevent the killer disease in the State.
Alhassan observed that despite the ban on open defecations by Federal Government, some Citizens of the State, especially at the grass root level still practice the act which is detrimental to human health.
He called on Law enforcement agents to urgently enforce the Law against open defecations in the State to reduce incidences of an outbreak of Cholera and other related diseases.