Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina state

Chairman of the transition committee, Yusuf Radda, says outbreak of gastroenteritis has claimed the lives of 15 persons in Charanchi Local Government Area of Katsina State.

Gastroenteritis which is an inflammation of the stomach and intestine that results in diarrhoea, cramps, nausea, vomiting and fever has affected three local government area in the state.

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He said the areas affected by the outbreak were Charanchi town, Malali and Banye villages.

Radda said about 24 persons have so far been hospitalised at the Charanchi Comprehensive Healthcare Centre.

He said the council has sent a team of medical experts to render services to the victims.

“We quickly responded to the situation by providing necessa-ry drugs for treatment of the affected persons,” Radda said.

“We are calling for urgent intervention from the state government to curtail spread of the disease,” he added.

He urged people in the affected areas to embrace personal and environmental hygiene.