Cholera: 2,323 deaths in 69,925 cases in 2021- NCDC

Cholera: 2,323 deaths in 69,925 cases in 2021- NCDC

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced that Nigeria has recorded a total of 2,323 casualties in 69,925 suspected cases of cholera as of the 5th of September.

The NCDC disclosed this on Tuesday morning, in a situation report from 36 states and the FCT in Nigeria, for the period of August 30th to September 5th, adding that 46 new related deaths were released during the period.

It added that 1,677 cholera infections were also recorded in 12 states during the period, citing that a total of 8 states accounted for the recent casualties.

What the NCDC said

The NCDC said, “In the reporting week, 12 states reported 1,677 suspected cases – Bauchi (566), Katsina (282), Sokoto (258), Yobe (183), Borno (179), Niger (94), Kaduna (66), Adamawa (34), Gombe (8), Kano (4), Kebbi (2), and Nasarawa (1).“There was a 58% decrease in the number of new suspected cases in week 35 (1,667) compared with week 34 (3,992).

“Of the cases reported, there were 46 deaths from Borno (13), Sokoto (12), Katsina (8), Bauchi (6), Niger (3), Kaduna (2), Adamawa (1), and Kano (1) states with a weekly case fatality ratio (CFR) of 2.7%.”

It added that a total of 25 states and the FCT have reported suspected cholera cases in 2021. These are Adamawa, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Borno, Cross River, Delta, Ekiti, Enugu, FCT, Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger, Osun, Plateau, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe, and Zamfara, as Two new states (Osun and Ekiti) reported cases, though with dates of onset in weeks prior to week 35.

“As of Sept. 5, 2021, a total of 69,925 suspected cases, including 2,323 deaths (CFR 3.3%) have been reported from 25 states and FCT in 2021,” it said.

In case you missed it

The Federal Government had flagged off a national campaign on environmental response to combat the ongoing cholera outbreak in the country.

Federal Ministry of Environment along with all relevant stakeholders including Environmental Health Officers in the states and local government areas commenced the nationwide intervention response activities covering the following specific areas:

Sanitary inspection of premises/Environmental Health Surveillance of hotspot communities.

Treatment of contaminated water sources/sites. Strengthening capacity of Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) in the State Ministries of Environment and the affected LGAs.

Sanitary inspection of food business premises of affected communities; advocacy, sensitization and community town hall meetings on control of open defecation practices and its health impact.

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