The apex government in Adamawa has disclosed that the state has recorded a total of 500 cholera cases with 23 confirmed deaths since the outbreak of the disease in the state. This was disclosed on Tuesday by the director of public health in the state ministry of health, Celine Laori and Yola North, Girei and Lamurde local government areas are worst-hit by cholera – Celine added.
The outbreak which took its firs wave in the state some 2, 3 years ago is said to be back again with new cases being confirmed in September 2021. But the goodnews is that it is not a novel outbreak thus there is a treatment. Celine Laori also added that the majority of those affected were treated and discharged. and are now with their families.
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She called on the people of Adamawa to adhere to basic basic but strict hygiene and sanitation practices, as well as ensuring the cleanliness and safety of their food and water. According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), atleast 81,413 suspected cases of cholera have been recorded 28 states and the federal capital territory (FCT).
A total of 2,791 deaths have also been recorded since January 2021. The agency said children aged between five and 14 have been the most affected. NCDC also said the outbreak has been worsened by lack of access to clean water, open defecation and poor hygiene. Following the rapid rise in the infection rate, the NCDC activated the national cholera emergency operations centre (EOC) in June.
National rapid response teams (RRTs) with essential materials have been deployed to nine states – Zamfara, Bauchi, Benue, Kano, Kaduna, Katsina, Plateau, Jigawa, Niger — and the FCT. Surveillance, case management, and sensitization are also ongoing in affected states.