Alhaji Bala Oroji, the Deputy Director of Health of Tambuwal Local Government Area of Sokoto State, said on Monday that five persons died of suspected cholera at Barkeji village in the area.
Oroji disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Tambuwal.
He said that all the deceased persons were aged between 27 and 30.
Oroji said that three persons, one female and two males, died on October 14, out of nine infected.
“Similarly, a male and female died on October 19 due to the epidemic, out of the remaining infected persons,” he said.
Oroji said that 11 infected persons were hospitalised at the Barkeji community dispensary on Sunday.
According to him, four of the affected persons have been discharged on Monday, while the remaining seven on admission at the health centre are still receiving treatment.
He said that adequate drugs and medicaments had been supplied to the dispensary by the local government.
“We thank God that the situation is under control and we are even expecting to discharge the remaining infected persons either today or tomorrow,” he added.
He said that the local government had embarked on massive public enlightenment campaign to educate the people on the need to maintain good sanitary environment.
Oroji said: “The campaign is to sensitise the people to the need to keep their environment clean, drink clean water and also ensure personal hygiene.
“We have reported the incident to the state Ministry of Health and it had assisted the community with additional drugs.”