Outbreak of Gastroenteritis (G.E) in Sokoto State has claimed lives of 50 people.
According to the state commissioner of Health Dr Muhammad Ali Inname who briefed Newsmen about the outcome of the weekly state executive council meeting held today at Government house Sokoto said the state government is taking measures to overcome the G.E
He said the 22 out of the 23 local Government Areas of the state were affected by the outbreak of the Gastroenteritis, adding that the sudden outbreak of the bacterial disease emanated from indiscriminate dumping of refuse, open deification, poor sanitation among others.
Dr. Ali Inname disclosed that, the state Government upon receipt of the report, it constituted a teams of experts and dispatched them to the affected Areas to mitigate the rapid spread of the vivro cholera otherwise known as Gastroenteritis affected LGAs
The worst affected Local Government Areas include; Illela, Gwadabawa and Dange/Shuni local governments.
Other affected local government areas were Silame, Rabah, Wurno, Gada, Bodinga, Kebbe, Dange Shuni, Illela, Gwadabawa, Gudu, Binji,Tangaza, Kware, Tureta, Sabon Birni, Isa and Sokoto south local governments.
According to him 11 out of the 22 affected local governments were on active cases, but the health teams were drafted to nooks and crannies of the state.
He said the rapid spread of the disease in the rural areas of the state is given the state ministry of health sleepless night, considering the security challenges in the “Hard to reach” areas
” the State and Local Governments will do everything humanly possible within the available resources and logistics to reach to the affected villages with a view to halting the spread of the killer disease”. He Said
The commissioner of Health therefore called on people of the state to improve on the hygiene, sanitation of their environment and sterilization of their household wares.
In a research by Smarts News, it gathered that, Gastroenteritis is a short-term illness triggered by the infection and inflammation of the digestive system.
Symptoms can include abdominal cramps, diarrhoea and vomiting.
Some of the causes of gastroenteritis include viruses, bacteria, bacterial toxins, parasites, particular chemicals and some drugs.
Therefore, Good old-fashioned handwashing with soap and water is still the best defence against spreading the bug.
Clean kitchen tops, toys, toilet seats, nappy change tables and taps to ensure you don’t spread the infection to others at home.
If you or anyone in your household is ill, stay home for 48 hours after symptoms have stopped to ensure you are clear of infection. (Vanguard)