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NCDC confirms 2,860 cholera cases, 84 deaths in eight months

According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been 84 cholera-related deaths and approximately 2,860 suspected cases from January to August 27, 2023. The situation report reveals that 25 states across 124 Local Government Areas reported these cases, with a case-fatality ratio of 2.9%. Cholera is caused by Vibrio cholerae bacteria and is often contracted through contaminated food or water. It is more prevalent during the rainy season in areas with poor sanitation. The report also shows that children under five years old are most affected, followed by the age group of five to 14 years. Males account for 51% of the suspected cases, while females account for 49%. Stay safe and take necessary precautions!

The states that have reported the cases so far in the country are Zamfara, Cross River, Katsina, Bayelsa, Ebonyi, Niger, Abia, Jigawa, Kano, Ondo, Borno, Kaduna, Bauchi, Sokoto, Plateau, Gombe.

Others are Oyo, Adamawa, Kebbi, Benue, Rivers, Ekiti, Imo, Osun, and Anambra state.

“Zamfara (787 cases) accounts for 28 per cent of all suspected cases in the country of the 25 States that have reported cases of cholera. Obubra LGA (515 cases) in Cross River State accounts for 18% of all suspected cases reported in the country.

“Of the affected States, Cross River (718 cases), Katsina (302 cases), Bayelsa (265 cases), Ebonyi (227 cases), Niger (136 cases) and Abia (118 cases) account for 62 per cent of the suspected cases this year,” the report read in part.

In comparison to the same period in 2022, suspected cases of cholera in the current year have decreased by 63%, and cumulative deaths have decreased by 67% in 2023. This is great news showing progress in combating the disease!



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