Death Toll Rises as Cholera Kills Four in Kogi

The death toll from Cholera outbreak in Kogi has increased as four more people in a small community, Daba in Lokoja Local Government Area of the state have died. 

Ebira Reporters gathered that some number of people in the community were suffering from the ailment.

Recall that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control had reported a total 19,305 suspected infections have been reported this year, ravaging Kogi and 17 other states in the country. 

In the report, the disease had killed 479 of the infected people in the affected states and the Federal Capital Territory.

According to the report, Cholera killed 31 people between July 5 and July 11, 2021.

However, a resident of Daba community in Kogi, Abubakar Suleiman stated that lack of access to potable water in the community of no fewer than 200 people

“As at Wednesday, four people have been confirmed dead in my community due to cholera outbreak. This happened because my community could not access potable water.

“We are using this medium to call on the government to do something before more lives will be lost. Similar outbreak occurred in Tsanawa community about a month ago, killing three people,” he said.

Cholera is an acute diarrhea disease caused by bacteria called vibrio cholera. It is a potentially life-threatening, and primarily a water-borne disease.

Symptoms of the disease include nausea and vomiting , dehydration which can lead to shock, kidney injury and sudden death , passage of profuse pale and milky, watery stool (rice water coloured), and body weakness.

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