The Kiru Local Government Council of Kano State says about 11 children have died of whooping cough at Kankwana village.
This is contained in a statement issued by the Information Officer of the local government council, Mallam Rabiu Khalil.
Khalil said about 40 other children affected by the same disease were receiving medical attention.
The council’s Health Officer, Mallam Hassan Adamu, who also confirmed the tragedy to the News Agency of Nigeria, however, assured the people of government’s effort to contain the outbreak.
A representative of the World Health Organisation, Mallam Yakubu Sani, in the area, attributed the outbreak to poor routine immunisation and inadequate health mobilisation activities.
The District Head of the area, Alhaji Hamza Bayero, however, urged the state government to provide emergency medical care to residents to prevent further spread of the disease.
NAN recalls that about six children had lost their lives to measles in Dashi community of the same local government area in the past two months.