An outbreak of malaria has claimed no less than 48 lives in Gandu area, Sokoto North Local Government of Sokoto State in the last one month, a medical practitioner said on Friday.
According to the Officer in Charge of Kofar Kade Clinic, Mrs Rabi Ahmed-Gandi:
“These deaths were recorded out of the 382 patients who were hospitalised in during the period under review.
“The problem had hitherto reached an epidemic level, although it had subsided now.”
She made the disclosure in Sokoto when she received the second consignment of free anti-malarial drugs from the State Government.
Mrs Ahmed-Gandi also attributed the problem to the contamination of the environment sequel to the prevalence of toxic refuse heaps.
She, however, lauded the state government for its swift intervention, saying that it has helped to stabilise the ugly situation.
Speaking also on the development, Dr Balarabe Kakale, the state Commissioner for Health, said that the state government had provided essential drugs and medicament to the area.
He also added that health personnel have also been dispatched to the affected area to augment the staffers at the clinic.
He said, “The Ministry has also commenced a fumigation exercise against mosquitoes.
“In the same vein, sanitary inspectors have been deployed in the affected areas to help in the cleanup.
“They are also conducting social mobilisation campaigns on the need for the residents to ensure environmental and personal hygiene.
“We are also partnering the Ministry of Environment and the State Environmental Protection Agency, to team up and evacuate the killer-heaps of refuse.”