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Cholera Hits Nigeria as 30 d3aths is recorded in 30 states


The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) has announced a rise in cholera cases across the country, particularly with the onset of the rainy season

Cholera Hits Nigeria as 30 d3aths is recorded in 30 states

According to a statement signed by the Director General of NCDC, Dr. Jide Idris, a total of 1,141 suspected and 65 confirmed cases of cholera with 30 d3aths have been reported from 96 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in 30 states from January 1 to June 11, 2024.

The statement listed 10 states that have contributed 90 percent to the burden of cholera, including Bayelsa, Zamfara, Abia, Cross River, Bauchi, Delta, Katsina, Imo, Nasarawa, and Lagos States.

The NCDC is leading a multi-sectoral National Cholera Technical Working Group, comprising the Federal Ministries of Environment and Water Resources, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and other partners, to provide support to the affected states.

The support includes risk communication, active case search, laboratory diagnosis, case management, provision of response commodities, water sanitation and hygiene (WASH) interventions, and dissemination of cholera awareness jingles in both English and local languages.

Cholera is a food and water-borne disease caused by the ingestion of the organism Vibrio Cholerae in contaminated water and food. The NCDC advised the public to take preventive measures to avoid cholera, including ensuring access to safe, potable drinking water, proper sanitation and waste disposal, and appropriate hygiene practices like hand washing.

The Centre also recommended avoiding raw fruits and vegetables, food from street vendors, and raw or undercooked seafood, and ensuring that water is boiled and stored in a clean and covered container before drinking. Practicing good personal hand hygiene by washing hands frequently with soap under clean running water is also recommended.