Kogi State says it has recorded eight deaths from suspected cases of cholera.
The state’s epidemiologist, Dr Austin’s Ojotule confirmed this in a statement in Lokoja, the state capital.
Speaking for the Commissioner for Health, Dr Saka Audu, he said seven communities were affected in five councils namely: Kogi, Bassa, Lokoja, Ankpa and Kabba Bunu.
He noted that they were recorded between February and August, with the eight deaths from three communities.
”It has become very important for us to brief the press on outbreak of diarrhoea and vomiting suspected to be cholera in some local government areas.
”So far, Kogi, Bassa, Lokoja, Ankpa and Kabba Bunu councils have been affected between February and August.
”Seven communities were affected with 129 cases.
”However, we were able to confirm cholera in three communities in Kogi, Lokoja and Ankpa councils with 66 affected and eight deaths (12.12 per cent). These are border communities with hard-to-reach terrains.
”In all, the Ministry of Health has supported the outbreak response with response commodities and technical support.