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Gastroenteritis outbreak hits 328 in Kebbi

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Gastroenteritis outbreak hits 328 in Kebbi

The Kebbi Government has confirmed an outbreak of gastroenteritis in four local government areas following the contamination of water sources due to recent flooding in the state.

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The flood had rendered many people homeless, destroyed farm produce and other property and contaminated potable water sources.

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The Director, Community Health in the state Ministry of Health, Muhammad-Abdullahi Bubuce said on Saturday in Birnin Kebbi that 328 people were affected.

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According to him, the ministry had taken measures to arrest the situation, in order to curb further spread of the disease

«From the reports we received so far, 328 persons have been infected with the disease but the worse hit areas are; Kalgo, Sakaba, Maiyama and Suru Local Government Areas

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«I want to appeal to people to prioritise personal and environmental hygiene and ensure that every house has a toilet for use as against passing out stool in the bush

«Once we do not provide toilets in our houses, our environment will continue to contaminate, hence the need to adhere to this advise,» Bubuce said

Some of the victims had died, but the director declined to give figures

Some of the victims who recovered said they were forced to use the contaminated water for their daily activities because they had no alternative source to clean water

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