Nigeria

NCDC reports 1,182 suspected cholera cases in one week

A building of the Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC) is pictured, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Lagos, Nigeria May 7, 2020. REUTERS-Temilade Adelaja

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced that 1,182 suspected cases of cholera were recorded in 13 states within one week.

NCDC Director-General, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, disclosed this to newsmen on Monday in Abuja.

According to Ihekweazu, the centre’s epidemiological report for week 36 – September 6 to 12, 2021, had indicated that 23 deaths were recorded within the period of one week in nine states, though with a noticeable 58 per cent decrease in the number of suspected cases in week 36 (1,182) compared to 1,677 in week 35.

“Bauchi recorded the highest figure of suspected cases with 472 infections, followed by Katsina with 194, while Borno recorded 106. The three states account for 65.3 per cent of the 1,182 suspected cases reported in week 36,” he said.

“Among others states with new cases are: Jigawa (95), Yobe (80), Kaduna (68), Adamawa (63), Sokoto (38), Gombe (34), Abia (13), Taraba (10), Ogun (8) and Niger (1).

“Kaduna recorded the highest number of deaths in the reporting week with six fatalities, followed by Adamawa with five, while Katsina recorded four.

“Other states that recorded deaths within the one-week period are Gombe (2), Jigawa (2), Bauchi (1), Borno (1), Ogun (1) and Taraba (1).

“As of September 12, 2021, a total of 72,910 suspected cholera cases, including 2,404 deaths, have been recorded in 27 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) since January 2021,” he added.

According to him, two new states — Abia and Ogun — reported cases in week 36, with 27 states and the FCT having reported cholera cases in 2021

“The states include Abia, 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, and Zamfara,” he added.

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

Cholera is a waterborne disease and the risk of transmission is higher where there is poor sanitation and disruption of clean water supply.

The wrong disposal of refuse and practices, such as open defecation, endanger the safety of water used for drinking and personal use, thereby leading to the spread of water-borne diseases, such as cholera, and without proper WASH, Nigeria remains at risk of cholera cases and deaths.

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