By: Ahmed Rufa’i, Dutse
Flooding has caused the contamination of drinking water with 50 cases of cholera recorded at Akasan community of Taura Local Government Area (LGA) of Jigawa State.
Village Head of Akasan, Malam Arma Ya’u Muhammad, who confirmed the outbreak of the disease, said most of the 50 affected were small children.
The Village Head said: “50 people were infected with the disease. Majority are children though there was no lost of lives.”
The traditional leader noted that the Save the Children International (SCI) had recently supported the community with water purity chemical (water gard) and environmental sanitation materials.
Malam Arma Ya’u Muhammed added that “the Save the Children International collaboration with the Community Based Organization conducted a massive environmental cleanness. All the village was sanitized towards preventing the cholera and other diseases.”
In his part the Save Children International (SCI) enumerator Malam Ibrahim Muhammadu Dankawu said as SCI is an organization with concern of lives and welfare of the children, it is concerned with the flood situation which is threatening the health and lives of children.
He therefore pledged to continue to expand the sanitation exercise to reach other communities for better hygienic environment and to save the lives of children in the area.
Malam Ibrahim Muhammadu Dankawu added that the sanitation campaign will help in reducing cholera outbreak and other child killer diseases.
He explained that the SCI, through Inspiring project embarked on awareness campaign on the importance of sanitation and hygienic towards reducing the outbreak of diseases.
According to him, Save the Children provided the sanitation kits and other equipment that would help in promoting hygienic environment.