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Cholera Hotspots in Kano

Maude Rabiu Gwadabe

Twenty seven out of the 44 local government areas in Kano state have recorded cases of Cholera as of June 2019, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reports.

The NCDC said the result of its survey shows that Kano state has the highest number of local government areas that are prone to the outbreak of cholera in Nigeria.

The Centre was established in 2011 to enhance Nigeria’s preparedness and response to epidemics through prevention, detection, and control of communicable diseases.

Its core mandate is to detect, investigate, prevent and control diseases of national and international public health importance.

According to the NCDC survey 16 states have at least one local government that is considered a cholera ‘hotspot’.

Top of the list is Kano followed by Kebbi, Sokoto, Borno, Zamfara, and Kaduna states.

The 27 Kano state local government areas include Fagge, Madobi, Dawakin Kudu, Kura, Ungoggo, Garun Malam, Kumbotso and Gezawa in Kano central district.

Others are Gwarzo, Karaye, Shanono, Bagwai, Kabo, Rimin Gado, Tofa, Bichi, Dawakin Tofa, in Kano North.

The rest are Wudil, Gaya, Tudun Wada, Rano, Bebeji, Bunkure, Kibiya, Doguwa,  Rogo, and Kiru in Kano South.

Why Kano?

A medical geographer, Dr. Uba Lawal told KANO TODAY that Kano state is more prone to Cholera due to poor sanitation and hygiene.

“Open defecation, washing hands without soap, and the dense population of Kano makes it easy for the Cholera bacteria to be ingested into the human body,” he said.

Dr Lawal adds that the solution lies with the provision of potable water in both urban and rural areas.

Other measures include persistent public campaign about washing hands with soap, and proper management of human defecation.

 

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