A housewife has lost her life while over 20 others, among them students of Nasarawa State University, Keffi, were hospitalised, in a fresh cholera outbreak at Angwan Lambu area in Keffi Local Government Area.
The university’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Mr. Abraham Ekpo, who confirmed the cholera outbreak, said some students affected were hospitalised in the school clinic.
He said: “There was an outbreak of cholera. Some of our students were reported to have been affected by the outbreak. I don’t have the exact number for now, but no death of any student so far.”
A community leader in Angwan Lambu, Mallam Abubakar Mohammed, who also confirmed the outbreak of the disease to journalists in Keffi yesterday, said a housewife and mother of eight, Ramatu Abdullahi, lost her life as a result of the outbreak of the diseased a day after she was rushed to the hospital. Mohammed said he was infected by the disease two weeks ago.
He said: “Ramatu Abdullahi, a housewife and mother of eight lost her life due to the outbreak of the disease a day after she was taken to Keffi General Hospital.” Mohammed said that four of the victims infected by cholera were from staff quarters of the university, eight others in Angwan Lambu, while the other four ware students.
The community leader said that some of the victims, who were mostly students, were hospitalised, while some of them were taken to their various homes by their parents.
He added: “I am the first victim of the cholera outbreak here. On the fourth day of the fasting, I was heading to the farm then suddenly I started feeling stomach pain. I rushed back home and purged three times.
“After me, my younger and elder brothers’ wives were also infected. But we thank God they got healed when they were taken to the hospital. “Unfortunately, Ramatu, one of my subjects, couldn’t make it.
She was rushed to the hospital, while vomiting and purging, the following day, she died.” When asked if he reported the cholera outbreak to the health department of the local government, he said no. “But your question has reminded me, I will do that tomorrow (today), so that they can come to the aid of the victims.”