Cholera: 23 states in Nigeria Records 37,819 cases , 1, 178 deaths, including The FCT.

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As of August 14th, the country had recorded 37,819 suspected cases of cholera, 1,178 deaths in 23 states and FCT, according to the Nigeria Center for Disease Control.

This was conveyed by the Director General of the NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, known in an interview with the Nigerian news agency in Abuja, Monday.

Ihekweazu lists the states which includes Benue, Delta, Zamfara, Gombe, Bayelsa, Kogi, and Sokoto.

Others are Bauchi, Kano, Kaduna, Plateau, Kebbi, Cross River, Niger, Nasarawa, Jigawa, Yobe, Kwara, Enugu, Adamawa, Katsina, Borno, Taraba and FCT.

According to Ihekweazu, 26% of reported cases were between 5 and 14 years old, 51% were male and 49% were female.

The head of the NCDC noted that the number of new cases had declined in the past two weeks.

Bauchi (773), Niger (284), Zamfara (253) and Katsina (217) accounted for 78.1% of the 1,956 cases reported in the past two weeks.

“Since the beginning of the year, a total of 1,938 samples with positive cases have been collected, as follows – 277 Rapid Diagnosis Test (RDT), only positive.

“82 positive cultures; 359 RDT and positive culture. The percentage of positive samples (TPR) for laboratory confirmation by culture was 23%.

“No new cases were reported in epi week 31. A total of 770 suspected cases were reported this week, representing 34% decrease from 1,162 suspected cases in the 30th week,” he said.

However, the DG stated that the national multisectoral EOC activated at level 2 continues to coordinate the national response.

NAN reports that cholera is a water-borne disease and the risk of transmission is higher with poor sanitation and disruption of clean water supplies.

Improper waste disposal and practices such as open defecation jeopardize the safety of drinking water and personal use.

This leads to the spread of water-borne diseases such as cholera. Without adequate WASH, Nigerians remain at risk of cholera and death.

The long-term solution to fighting cholera is to have access to safe drinking water and maintain adequate sanitation and hygiene.

Cholera can also be prevented and treated. However, this can be fatal if the infected person does not get help right away. (NAN)

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