Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Three dead, 183 hospitalised from strange disease in Kano

 At least three persons have been confirmed dead and 284 hospitalised from a suspected water borne disease in Kano.

The Nation

Sources said the dead and sick persons, mostly males, might have drunk from a borehole drilled in a cemetery.

Commissioner for Health, Aminu Ibrahim-Tsanyawa, who confirmed the strange deaths at a news conference in Kano on Tuesday, said the affected persons had taken expired citric acid powdered drinks -the brand of Jolly Jus or Fresh.

He said the products’ batches show that the drinks had expired since a year ago but were still being sold in Kano markets.

The Consumer Protection Council has launched an investigation into the incident, conducting shop to shop search in Kano markets.

Out of the 284 hospitalised, 101 have been discharged leaving 183 still receiving treatment, the state government said.

Tsanyawa said those on admission have been spread in 25 health facilities across the state as the outbreak affected residents in 13 local government areas.

Gwale, Kano Municipal, Dala, Bunkure, Fagge, Gwarzo, Dawakin Tofa, Ungogo, Kumbotso, Tarauni, Rano, Dawakinjudu and Danbatta are among the affected councils.

The commissioner announced the ministry’s taskforce has seized items that caused the outbreak of the disease valued at N59 million.

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