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Monday, July 15, 2024

Lagos tops the chart as Nigeria records 113 cholera cases and seven deaths in a week

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said the country recorded 113 cases and seven deaths from cholera in a week between June 17 and 23.

The NCDC made the announcement in its Week 25 Cholera Situation Report, published on its website on Monday.

The recent report indicated that “three states (Lagos, Ogun and Katsina) have reported cases of the disease, across 21 local government areas.”

He further stated that of the 113 cases recorded, Lagos accounted for 104, Ogun recorded seven and Katsina recorded one.

Summary for 2024

According to the report, a total of 1,579 suspected cases and 54 deaths (CFR 3.4 percent) have been reported in 32 states as of June 23.

He revealed that Lagos, with 537 cases, accounts for 34 percent of all suspected cases in the country.

He also indicated that of the suspected cases since the beginning of the year, the most affected are those aged five, adding that the aggregates for both men and women are the same (50 percent).

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Cholera response activities

Cholera is a water- and foodborne disease caused by the ingestion of Vibrio cholerae, usually through contaminated water and food.

Water is often contaminated by the feces of infected people, which can occur at the source, during transport, or through home storage.

In addition, food can be contaminated through dirty hands during preparation or consumption, leading to the spread of disease.

Symptoms of cholera include acute, profuse, painless watery diarrhea.

NCDC said its response activities included the distribution of medical supplies for case management, infection prevention and control, and laboratories to all medical facilities across the country.

The agency also said it has provided local and remote support to states including Lagos and Ogun and has been monitoring daily reports and progress of response activities.

The agency said: “The agency also ensured continued training at subnational level of laboratory scientists on sample collection and analysis, as well as training of community mobilizers on key cholera messages.

“Distribution of jingles, flyers and posters with key messages on cholera prevention to all states and the Federal Capital Territory.”

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