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Cholera claimed 2,791 Nigerians in 28 states, FCT in 9 months –NCDC

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Cholera claimed 2,791 Nigerians in 28 states, FCT in 9 months –NCDC

By Abujah Racheal

The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) said cholera had claimed 2,791 lives in 28 states and the Federal Capital Territory since the start of 2021.

NCDC Director General Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu told Nigeria’s News Agency in Abuja on Wednesday that a total of 81,413 suspected cases were recorded during the nine-month period.

Ihekweazu identified affected states as: Adamawa, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Borno, Cross River, Delta, Ekiti, Enugu, FCT, Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger, Ogun , Osun, Plateau, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe, Rivers and Zamfara.

“As of September 19, 2021, a total of 81,413 suspected cases, including 2,791 deaths (CFR 3.4%) have been reported in 28 states and FCT in 2021.

“Among the suspected cases since the start of the year, the 5-14 age group is the most affected age group for men and women,” he added.

The NCDC boss added that of all suspected cases, 50% were men and 50% women.

Ihekweazu added that the multisectoral national EOC, activated at level 02, continues to coordinate the national response.

reports that cholera is a water-borne disease and that the risk of transmission is highest where there is poor sanitation and an interruption in the supply of drinking water.

Poor waste disposal and practices, such as open defecation, endanger the safety of water used for consumption and personal use.

These lead to the spread of water-borne diseases, such as cholera and without water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), Nigeria remained at risk of cholera cases and death.

Source: NAN

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