Nigeria Records 63 Deaths, 2,102 Cholera Cases

The Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, Jide Idris, reported that 2,102 suspected cholera cases and 63 deaths have been recorded across 33 states and 122 local government areas since the beginning of the year, as of June 30, 2024.

The case fatality rate stands at 3.0 per cent. Seven out of the top ten states contributing about 90 per cent of the cases are Southern States, including Lagos, Bayelsa, Abia, Zamfara, Bauchi, Katsina, Cross River, Ebonyi, Rivers, and Delta.

Cholera, a highly contagious disease transmitted through contaminated food and water, is caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. It has recently resurged in various states across Nigeria.

“The National Cholera Multisectoral Emergency Operation Centre, which includes subject matter experts and provides strategic coordination, meets daily and delivers periodic situation reports for stakeholders. This ensures effective mobilisation, harmonisation, and distribution of resources to support affected states. Coordination, surveillance, case management, infection prevention and control, risk communication and community engagement, water sanitation and hygiene, vaccination, logistics, and research are all part of the response,” Idris stated.

He added that these efforts will facilitate rapid communication, data analysis, and decision-making, ensuring efficient resource deployment, enhanced surveillance and diagnostic capacity, improved treatment of affected persons, and intensified public awareness and community engagement activities.


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