Malaria outbreak has claimed no fewer than 48 lives in Gandu area, Sokoto North Local Government of Sokoto State in the last one month.
Mrs. Rabi Ahmed-Gandi, the Officer in Charge of Kofar Kade Clinic disclosed this in Sokoto on Friday 20, October when she received the second consignment of free anti-malarial drugs from Sokoto State Government.
“These deaths were recorded out of the 382 patients who were hospitalised in during the period under review; the problem had hitherto reached an epidemic level, although it had subsided now.” She said
She attributed the problem to the contamination of the environment sequel to the prevalence of toxic refuse heaps.
Mrs. Ahmed commended the state government for its swift intervention, adding that it has helped to stabilise the ugly situation.
Dr. Balarabe Kakale, the state Commissioner for Health, said that the state government had provided essential drugs and medicament to malaria-affected area.
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Dr. Kakale further said that health personnel have also been dispatched to the affected area to support the staffers at the clinic.
“The Ministry has also commenced a fumigation exercise against mosquitoes” He said.
“In the same vein, sanitary inspectors have been deployed in the affected areas to help in the cleanup.
“They are also conducting social mobilisation campaigns on the need for the residents in the area to ensure personal and environmental hygiene..
“We are also partnering the Ministry of Environment and the State Environmental Protection Agency, to team up and remove the killer-heaps of refuse.”