Three pupils of Tsangaya Islamic School, Madaki, Gombe State, have died of cholera. Twenty-seven others are hospitalised.
Commissioner for Health Dr Kennedy Ishaya confirmed this yesterday during an inspection visit to Madaki Primary Healthcare facility where the victims are hospitalised.
He said within three days, 30 children from the school had contracted the disease of which three had died.
Ishaya added that 15 were treated and discharged while 12 were still receiving treatment at the facility.
According to him, the government has stocked all health facilities with sufficient drugs and advised people to report any suspected case to the nearest facility.
The commissioner also appealed to the health personnel to take necessary steps to avoid the risk of infection.
He said: “Make sure you observe Nightingale principles – no chewing of kola or gum during working hours.
“Come to the hospital with two pairs of clothing. When going home, drop the one you worked with and wear another one.”
He also appealed to Muslim faithful to use water from a pure source for ablution to avoid contamination.
The Nation News