by Akintomiwa Agbaje
Over 300 victims have already reported in sick to a hospital due to an outbreak of Cholera in the Kano.
Victims that have been hospitalised spread across the 44 Local Government Areas of the state and most are on admission in Zana Hospital, a goverment owned hospital in the metropolis.
Many of the patients have resloved to sleeping on the ward floor as facilities of the hospital have been over-stretched and a lack of bed spaces to accomodate the influx of patients.
The Nation reports:
A Deputy Director in the state Ministry of Health, Dr. Tijjani Hussein, confirmed the development to reporters.
He said that the crisis is escalating at the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH) as it cannot alone accommodate the increasing number of patients being referred to the hospital.
He also explained that some cases taken to the IDH are not cholera-related and therefore advised people to rush their relatives who are vomiting or passing stool to the nearest hospital for medical attention.
Meanwhile, the state government has appealed to residents to report any case of gastroenteritis at the nearest hospital with a view to controlling the cholera menace.
The State Commissioner for Health, Abubakar Labaran Yusuf, at a meeting with health workers, told them to step up effort to ensure the mitigation of the crisis.
Represented by the Deputy Director Public Health and Disease Control, Tijjani Hussain, the commissioner urged residents of the state to always observe personal and environmental hygiene to prevent the spread of the disease.
An earlier cholera outbreak in the state claimed 10 lives in Nasarawa and Dala local government areas, while another 70 persons were hospitalised within the week.