The Federal Government has donated drugs worth N34m to the Kano State Government to enable it to tackle cholera outbreak which affected 22 local government areas in the state.
The Project Director, Nigerian Centre for Diseases Control, Federal Ministry of Health, Prof. Abdulsalam Nasidi, said this while briefing newsmen in Kano on Friday.
Nasidi said no fewer than 71 persons had died as a result of the outbreak in the past two months.
He added that in the affected local government areas, a total of 2,165 cases were recorded.
He stated that Fagge and Dawakin Kudu local government areas recorded the highest number of deaths, with 12 cases each, and total reported cases of 276 and 135, respectively.
“In the first cases reported on Nov. 6, 2013 in the 22 local government areas affected, 344 wards were affected while 713 settlements were ravaged by the disease.
“A total number of 71 deaths were recorded from 17 local government areas, which represented 3.3 per cent case fatality rate”, he said.
Nasidi said the Federal Government was disturbed by the outbreak of the disease, “particularly with the number of innocent lives that were lost”.