FG Reaches Out to Lake Chad Basin Countries to Curb Spread of Cholera

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    • Disease records 16,008 cases, 186 deaths in 16 states

    Paul Obi in Abuja

    The federal government said it had reached out to other Lake Chad Basin countries to fine-tune ways to curb the spread of cholera in Nigeria. This came on the heels of reports indicating that about 16,008 cases and 186 deaths from Cholera had been recorded from 16 states of the federation.

    Chief Executive Officer, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, explained that besides reaching out to Lake Chad Basin countries, the federal government had been supporting many states in the country to respond to outbreaks of cholera.

    Ihekweazu said, “The primary focus of the response has been to improve access to water and sanitation in these states. In addition, vaccination campaigns led by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) have been carried out in the most affected Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Adamawa and Yobe states.
    “Nigeria is also working with other Lake Chad basin nations to strengthen cross-border collaboration for cholera control.

    “The NCDC and partners have begun plans for a national cholera prevention campaign, prioritising states with the highest burden. This campaign will be driving prevention messages through the mass media, new media.”

    He added that although cholera cases were still being reported in Adamawa, Bauchi, Kano, Katsina, Zamfara, Kogi, Plateau and Kaduna, there had been a general decline in the number of new cases. In the last four weeks, no cases have been reported from Anambra, Nasarawa and Yobe states.

    According to Ihekweazu, “Cholera cases are being treated at designated treatment centres in affected states. We are working with the State Ministries of Health, the World Health Organisation (WHO), UNICEF, Medecin Sans Frontiers (MSF) and other partners to support the response.”

    NCDC officials and field officers have also been deployed across the most affected 16 states in the country to track outbreaks and scale up preventive measures.