Cholera Outbreak Hits 23 States in Nigeria

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A total of 65,145 suspected cases of cholera, including 2,141 deaths, representing a Case Fatality Rate (CFR) of 3.3 per cent reported from 23 states and the FCT, was reported by the NCDC as of Sept. 2, 2021. The spread of the disease is promoted by poor access to water, sanitation and hygiene.

The National Cholera Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) was activated on June 22, 2021, in response to an upsurge in the number of cholera cases. The EOC, which is hosted at NCDC, is made up of representatives from the Federal Ministries of the Environment and Water Resources, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), the World Health Organization (WHO), and other organizations.

The Executive Secretary, Katsina State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Shamsudeen Yahaya said a total of 5,677 confirmed cases were recorded across 33 out of 34 local government areas that made up the state

In Ogun State, Commissioner for Health, Dr Tomi Coker, said in a statement issued on Monday that the reported outbreak was predominant among motorcycle riders and scavengers and the index case reportedly via public toilet transmission.

The National Cholera EOC has led the deployment of Rapid Response Teams to support the most affected states -– Benue, Kano, Kaduna, Zamfara, Bauchi and Plateau States. Additionally, NCDC and its partners have provided states with commodities for case management and laboratory diagnosis, materials for risk communications, response guidelines among other support.

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