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Six states record 1,786 cholera cases in six days –NCDC

- Deborah tolukolawo­le

THE Director-general of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Dr Chikwe Iheakweazu, on Saturday, said, six states of the federation reported 1,786 suspected cases of cholera between june 20 and june 26.

While giving a list and a breakdown of the affected states, the NCDC DG, who spoke in Abuja, on Saturday said the states included Bauchi, 1,239 cases; Kano, 362 cases; Niger, 62 cases; Zamfara, 55 cases; Kaduna, 59 cases, and Plateau, nine cases.

He said in the preceding week of June 13 to June 19, five states– Bauchi, Kano, Kaduna, Plateau and Zamfara–reported 1,757 suspected cases.

Bauchi State reported 900 cases, Kano State reported 575 cases, Kaduna State reported 70 cases, Plateau reported 98 cases, while Zamfara reported 114 cases.

Ihekweazu said between january, 2021, and june 27, a total of 14, 343 suspected cases of cholera were reported from 15 states and the FCT.

This, he added, included 325 deaths.

The affected states are Benue,

Delta, Zamfara, Gombe, Bayelsa, Kogi, Sokoto, Bauchi, Kano, Kaduna, Plateau, Kebbi, Crossriver, Nasarawa, Niger and the FCT.

NCDC’S Situation Report on cholera indicates that 27.6 per cent of victims across the country are those in the five years to 14 years bracket.

The report also indicated that 51 per cent of the suspected cases were male, while 49 per cent were female.

Ihekweazu also told journalist­s that a multi-sectoral national Emergency Operations Centre coordinate­s the national response activities.

“The EOC is co-led by the Federal Ministry of Environmen­t and that of Water Resources, given the link between cholera, water, sanitation and hygiene.

“The centre has been supporting states to ensure a coordinate­d, rapid and effective response to the current outbreak.

“This includes the deployment of National Rapid Response Teams to support the response at the state level, provision of medical and laboratory supplies, and scale-up of risk communicat­ions amongst other activities,’’ he explained.

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