Niger State Commissioner for Health, Dr Muhammad Makusidi has attributed the outbreak of cholera in the state to open defecation and indiscriminate waste disposal by rural dwellers.
During an interview with newsmen at the ongoing workshop for journalists, organised by Pathfinder International in Minna, Makusidi said that the state recorded 100 cholera deaths from April to date in the 25 Local Governments.
He disclosed that the ministry had embarked on advocacy visit to communities to reduce open defecation, adding that drugs were available to treat affected persons.
The commissioner lauded Pathfinder International for partnering with the state government to expose journalists to advanced family planning as well as child spacing.
“This is key to achieving universal health coverage as well providing technical support to the state,” he said.
He urged families on the adoption of family planning, as it is essential towards planning for the future, adding that the partnership with pathfinder was to ensure access to uptake of family planning and acceptability.
He said that diverse social cultural and ethno-religious factors were major challenges to decline in family planning by most people.
He added that some of the challenges to include; inadequate access to commodities, inadequate funds, insecurity in some parts of the state, adding that all efforts on to address such challenges.
Makusidi noted that the workshop would help mitigate challenges of family planning.
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