Cholera Hits Nigerian States


*FCT Records Recorded 514 Suspected Cases, 45 Deaths
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*FCT Tops Mortality Rate


*Peaks in Plateau With 1,004 Cases


*Bauchi, Kano, Niger, Three Others Register 1,786 Cases


By Ernest Omoarelojie with Addition Reports from Hassan Aminu, Jos


While the world is still getting worked up over the destructive and ravaging impact of Covid-19, Nigeria seems to have a handful in grappling with an additional rampaging death merchant, cholera, an acute bacteria infection. At the last count, over 12 states are reported to be struggling to survive its morbid infection spread as ensuing mortality rate keeps rising.
Figures from the states indicate that the disease has already established a peak infection presence in Plateau where 1,004 infection cases have so far been recorded. Out of the number, 17 persons have been confirmed dead as at Monday, July 26, 2021 even as mortality rate may still be counting.
State Commissioner for Health, Dr Nimkong Lar, who confirmed the figures while updating newsmen over the outbreak in Jos, disclosed that 980 of the infected patients have been discharged from the 1004 infection cases with seven others still receiving treatment in various hospitals.
Investigations indicate however, that Jos East, Jos North, Jos South, Riyom, Kanam, Bokkos, Wase, Mangu, Bassa, Barkin Ladi, Qua’anpan, Langtang North and Shendam local government areas are the hardest hit in the state.
While advising residents to imbibe the hand washing culture just so that they could avoid being infected, Dr Lar insists there is enough commitment on the part of the state government to put an end to the spread.
“As a government, we are not relenting in our efforts to address the problem but we also want to appeal to the public to always maintain good sanitation and shun indiscriminate dumping of waste, which causes waste to be washed into various water sources and bodies, especially during this rainy season, because this also forms part of the solution when practised by the people,” the Commissioner noted.
Yet, even as Plateau state sits comfortably at the infection spread podium, the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, has no equal in the mortality department. With 514 recorded infection cases, it managed to top the mortality average having scored 45 death hits. The figure is an indication that the nation has many more reasons to be on edge and on the red alert even though a statement by the Senior Special Assistance, Media, to the FCT Minister, Abubakar Sani, noted that laboratory investigations have confirmed only eight infection cases.
“Out of this number, eight laboratory investigations were confirmed to be cholera,” Sani said, while explaining that the FCT has not only been conducting continuous community surveillance but that it had also taken a number of steps to stop the spread of the disease as well as provide care for those affected. According to him, the figures released represent the situation as at July 8, 2021.
“As at 8th July, 2021, the FCT has recorded 514 suspected cases. Out of this number, eight laboratory investigations were confirmed to be cholera.
The FCT administration is also working very closely with the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency on all the important interventions to end the scourge of the disease in the territory,” he said.
The FCT is not the only reason the nation has to worry. It’s got more reasons to be so with Bauchi, Kano, Niger and three other states registering 1,786 cases.
Reports also indicate that Bauchi state is also competing for honors with its infection spread put at1,239 reported cases. The state is followed by Kano with 362 cases. Other states, including Niger, Kaduna and Zamfara come next with 62, 59 and 55 cases respectively.
Director-General of the National Centre for Diseases Control, NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, disclosed that five states, Bauchi, Kano, Kaduna, Plateau and Zamfara reported a combined 1,757 suspected cases in the preceding week of June 13 to June 19. The NCDC boss, who was silent on the more recent figures coming out from the states including Plateau, FCT and others, noted that between January 2021 and June 27, a total of 14,343 suspected cholera cases were reported from 15 states and the FCT out of which the nation recorded 325 deaths. He named the affected states as Benue, Delta, Zamfara, Gombe, Bayelsa, Kogi, Sokoto, Bauchi, Kano, Kaduna, Plateau, Kebbi, Cross-River, Nasarawa, Niger and the FCT.
Cholera is a preventable and treatable epidemic-prone disease transmitted by ingesting contaminated food or water. Its incidence tends to increase during the rainy season.

in Plateau With 1,004 Cases, 17 Deaths
*Bauchi, Kano, Niger, Three Others Register 1,786 Cases
By Ernest Omoarelojie
Addition Reports by Hassan Aminu, Jos
While the world is still getting worked up over the destructive and ravaging impact of Covid-19, Nigeria seems to have a handful in grappling with an additional rampaging death merchant, cholera, an acute bacteria infection. At the last count, over 12 states are reported to be struggling to survive its morbid infection spread as ensuing mortality rate keeps rising.
Figures from the states indicate that the disease has already established a peak infection presence in Plateau where 1,004 infection cases have so far been recorded. Out of the number, 17 persons have been confirmed dead as at Monday, July 26, 2021 even as mortality rate may still be counting.
State Commissioner for Health, Dr Nimkong Lar, who confirmed the figures while updating newsmen over the outbreak in Jos, disclosed that 980 of the infected patients have been discharged from the 1004 infection cases with seven others still receiving treatment in various hospitals.
Investigations indicate however, that Jos East, Jos North, Jos South, Riyom, Kanam, Bokkos, Wase, Mangu, Bassa, Barkin Ladi, Qua’anpan, Langtang North and Shendam local government areas are the hardest hit in the state.
While advising residents to imbibe the hand washing culture just so that they could avoid being infected, Dr Lar insists there is enough commitment on the part of the state government to put an end to the spread.
“As a government, we are not relenting in our efforts to address the problem but we also want to appeal to the public to always maintain good sanitation and shun indiscriminate dumping of waste, which causes waste to be washed into various water sources and bodies, especially during this rainy season, because this also forms part of the solution when practised by the people,” the Commissioner noted.
Yet, even as Plateau state sits comfortably at the infection spread podium, the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, has no equal in the mortality department. With 514 recorded infection cases, it managed to top the mortality average having scored 45 death hits. The figure is an indication that the nation has many more reasons to be on edge and on the red alert even though a statement by the Senior Special Assistance, Media, to the FCT Minister, Abubakar Sani, noted that laboratory investigations have confirmed only eight infection cases.
“Out of this number, eight laboratory investigations were confirmed to be cholera,” Sani said, while explaining that the FCT has not only been conducting continuous community surveillance but that it had also taken a number of steps to stop the spread of the disease as well as provide care for those affected. According to him, the figures released represent the situation as at July 8, 2021.
“As at 8th July, 2021, the FCT has recorded 514 suspected cases. Out of this number, eight laboratory investigations were confirmed to be cholera.
The FCT administration is also working very closely with the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency on all the important interventions to end the scourge of the disease in the territory,” he said.
The FCT is not the only reason the nation has to worry. It’s got more reasons to be so with Bauchi, Kano, Niger and three other states registering 1,786 cases.
Reports also indicate that Bauchi state is also competing for honors with its infection spread put at1,239 reported cases. The state is followed by Kano with 362 cases. Other states, including Niger, Kaduna and Zamfara come next with 62, 59 and 55 cases respectively.
Director-General of the National Centre for Diseases Control, NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, disclosed that five states, Bauchi, Kano, Kaduna, Plateau and Zamfara reported a combined 1,757 suspected cases in the preceding week of June 13 to June 19. The NCDC boss, who was silent on the more recent figures coming out from the states including Plateau, FCT and others, noted that between January 2021 and June 27, a total of 14,343 suspected cholera cases were reported from 15 states and the FCT out of which the nation recorded 325 deaths. He named the affected states as Benue, Delta, Zamfara, Gombe, Bayelsa, Kogi, Sokoto, Bauchi, Kano, Kaduna, Plateau, Kebbi, Cross-River, Nasarawa, Niger and the FCT.
Cholera is a preventable and treatable epidemic-prone disease transmitted by ingesting contaminated food or water. Its incidence tends to increase during the rainy season.

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