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Cholera Outbreak: SCI Engages Community on Personal, Environmental Hygiene in Jigawa

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Muhammad Garba

Following the death of hundreds of people as a result of the cholera outbreak between August and September last year in Jigawa state, Save The Children International (SCI) has embarked on community sensitization on personal and environmental hygiene to mitigate such outbreaks.

In a statement issued by the Social Behaviour Change and Media Coordinator of Integrated Sustainable Childhood Pneumonia and other Infectious Disease Reduction in Nigeria (INSPIRING Project), Mr Ibrahim Haruna said, they are currently working in 10 local government areas of the state.

“As you all know, the cholera outbreak claimed hundreds of lives last year and we are being proactive this year, working with the state ministry of health and LGAs to conduct community engagement and WASH activities”

While visiting Kangire ward of Birnin Kudu Local government area of the state, one of the worst affected communities by last year’s outbreak, Save the Children International community enumerator Ms Murjanatu Iliyasu Ado told our source that, they trained community volunteers and others who are going round the house to house for the campaign against cholera.

She said, the community members engaged in the campaign, are basically promoting personal and environmental hygiene, and also informed people on the need to visit the nearest hospital whenever they saw a sign of cholera disease with their child or any member of the family.

Mass Murja expressed satisfaction with the support and cooperation they are receiving from community leaders, health workers, and the public.

Speaking to our source, the in charge of Kangire Primary Healthcare facility, Malam Lawan Hassan said, the SIC community engagement has made a significant impact, “as I am talking to you no single case of cholera reported to our facility this year”

Làwan then expressed his appreciation for SCI intervention and promised to continue working hands in hand with partners and the community to promote public health.

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