By Franca Ofili
Mr. Abubakar Kende, Secretary General of the Nigerian Red Cross Society (NRCS), said Nigeria is currently experiencing a cholera outbreak, with more than 88,704 cases and 3,208 deaths recorded so far in the year.
Kenda said this Tuesday during a three-day cholera prevention workshop in Abuja.
He added that “the NRCS, in consultation with the Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC) and with the support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), is initiating relief efforts. emergency in five states.
“The intervention will take place in Sokoto, Katsina, Kebbi, Gombe and Bayelsa states to slow the increase in cholera cases. “
According to him, NCDC’s recent cholera situation report in 31 of 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) indicates suspected cases in 2021.
He said that “the NCDC Emergency Response Center reports that cholera in Nigeria in 2021 has exceeded the total number of cases for 2020 and 2019”.
Kenda explained that the company and stakeholders have called on the government and international partners to help scale up the response to save lives and curb the spread of the epidemic.
He noted that in addition to the five states, the Independent Committee of the Red Cross also supports monitoring and prevention in three other states, namely Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.
According to him, many government agencies are overwhelmed by COVID-19, resulting in low attention to cholera.
He advised relevant stakeholders to raise awareness about access to safe drinking water and proper sanitation.
Mr. Bhupinder Tomar, Head of Delegation, Abuja Group, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, noted the urgent need to address the cholera problem.
Tomar said the federation will provide a short-term solution for an immediate reduction in the death rate. He stressed the need to educate communities on adhering to the practice of good hygiene, assuring that the federation would offer stakeholders the opportunity to immediately tackle the cholera problem.
“We need to educate communities to prepare before the next six months against future events,” he added.
Mr. Nura Ydda, responsible for monitoring, evaluation and reporting of the project in Kebbi State, said he would ensure that the messages were translated into the Hausa language.
According to Ydda, Kebbi communities will learn and understand better when messages are in their dialects. (Www.)
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