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Nigeria’s cholera cases rise in 9 months

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By Okunloye Abiodun

Nigeria records 233 cholera deaths, 2187 confirmed cases in 9 months, says NCDC.

The Nigerian Center for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) announced on recently that a total of 2187 confirmed cholera cases had been reported from 31 different states across the country. This comes as some areas of Nigeria continue to be affected by an outbreak of the disease. In addition, it stated that as of September 25, 2022, at least 233 deaths had been recorded from the beginning of the year until that point and it demanded an immediate improvement in the availability of clean water, adequate sanitation, and hygiene.

An advisory issued by the Nigerian Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) and titled “Stop Cholera:”Strengthening Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WaSH) in Nigeria” and signed by the NCDC’s Director General, Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa, explained that the most recent outbreak had been made worse by limited basic facilities, poor hygiene practices and open defecation. Dr. Adetifa stated that as a response, the NCDC and its partners had assisted the affected states by providing several things, such as materials for risk communications, response guidelines, commodities for case management and laboratory diagnosis.

There should be access to clean facilities in order to fight cholera.

However, in order to put an end to this, medical interventions on their own are not enough to tackle the root causes of cholera outbreaks, which are a lack of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WaSH). In response to the recent rise in the number of confirmed cases of cholera, the multi-sectoral National Cholera Technical Working Group (TWG), with some partners has been providing the affected states with support in the areas of risk communication, case management, active case search and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WaSH) interventions.

Multi-sectoral TWG is being led by the NCDC, and it includes representatives from the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), the Federal Ministries of Environment and Water Resources, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO), and other partners. Dr. Adetifa explains that cholera is a disease that is spread through water, and the risk of it being passed on to others is greater in regions that are not equipped with sufficient sanitation facilities or do not have a consistent supply of clean water.

Unsafe practices propagate the spread of cholera.

Furthermore, he affirmed that unsafe practices such as open defecation and improper disposal of refuse put the safety of water used for drinking and personal use in danger. Those certain practices contribute to the propagation of diseases that are transmitted through water, such as cholera. In the absence of adequate water, sanitation, and hygiene (WaSH), Nigeria will continue to be at risk for the outbreak of cholera, along with its related suffering and loss of lives.

The long-term solution for the control of cholera lies in access to some basic and clean resources such as safe drinking water, the maintenance of proper sanitation (especially the discontinuation of open defecation), and the practice of hygiene. He added that they would continue to encourage the state governments to prioritize taking action toward finding reasonable solutions that will ensure communities have access to and use clean water, basic sanitation, and appropriate hygiene practices all the time.

Adetifa affirmed that cholera is preventable and treatable.

He clarified that cholera is both preventable and treatable but that it can be fatal if infected people do not receive medical attention as soon as they become sick. Dr. Adetifa advised the people of Nigeria to seek medical attention as soon as possible if they experienced a sudden onset of severe and watery diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, or weakness. While the NCDC continues to collaborate with partners to lead the health-sector response to cholera outbreaks, a call has been made for an urgent improvement in access to clean water, proper sanitation, and hygiene.


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jdpumping
jdpumping
1 year ago

The government need do more at this present time we should not be having such health challenges due to cholera outbreak mre awareness needs to be done and the government should provide God water,help with sanitation and people should live hygienely

Abusi
Abusi
1 year ago

The cause of this cholera is mostly taking unhygienic water for our day to day activities. Cholera is really killing a lot of people mildly. We might not know this because we think it’s normal sickness, but it can also be lethal. Prevention is always better than cure. We should always treat our water.

Adeolastan
Adeolastan
1 year ago

This is not what Nigeria suppose to be fighting for in the 21th century with how the country is blessed in both human and natural resources.No good road,no electricity,no good portable water.

Haykaylyon26
Haykaylyon26
1 year ago

This disease is killing people awareness should be made and let them know how to take good care of them self to prevent this disease by having a clean environment and clean water, government and health sector should put effort in stop this kind of disease from happening

Bola12
Bola12
1 year ago

Although cholera can be prevented and treated, it can also be lethal if an infected person does not seek medical care as soon as they get ill.

Tolaniiii
Tolaniiii
1 year ago

Lack of water, sanitation, and hygiene are the underlying causes of cholera epidemics, and medical measures alone will not be adequate to end the problem.

Christiana
Christiana
1 year ago

Rapid medical assistance is warranted for anyone who suddenly develops severe, watery diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, or extreme weakness.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
1 year ago

cholera issues is getting at of hand, we need to find solution to reduce this case of cholera. Government need to provide all the neccessary things to santize the people and to create more awareness

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
1 year ago

It’s been clarified that cholera is both preventable and treatable. it can be fatal if infected people do not receive medical attention as soon as they become sick. it is advised the people of Nigeria to seek medical attention as soon as possible if they experienced a sudden onset of severe and watery diarrhea, weakness etc.

Remi1
Remi1
1 year ago

Lack of access to safe drinking water is a major problem. If not for poverty, why would anyone want to drink from places that has been exposed to defecation, refuse disposal and the rest. Buh when there’s a safe drinking water made available, they won’t have to do that.

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
1 year ago

This comes at a time when certain regions of Nigeria are still being impacted by an epidemic of the disease, which is a highly concerning development that the government of Nigeria should seek to address.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
1 year ago

Since the beginning of the year up until that point, there had been fatalities, which demanded an immediate increase in the accessibility of clean water, adequate sanitation, and hygiene.

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
1 year ago

The most recent outbreak was rendered much worse by the lack of basic amenities, the poor hygiene practices, and the open defecation.

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
1 year ago

The impacted states had received assistance from its partners in the form of a variety of things, including materials for risk communications, response protocols, commodities for case management, and laboratory diagnosis.

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
1 year ago

medical efforts alone won’t stop cholera epidemics, which are caused by inadequate access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
1 year ago

Nigeria will continue to be at danger for the outbreak of cholera, along with the misery and loss of lives that are associated with it. This is because the country does not have sufficient water, sanitation, and hygiene.

DimOla
DimOla
1 year ago

We need to constantly educate ourselves about hygiene. It should not be left to the government alone. We should always keep ourselves informed of health related consequences of not keeping our environment clean.

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
1 year ago

The primary contributor to the spread of cholera is the consumption of unclean water in our day-to-day activities. Cholera is currently responsible for the deaths of a significant number of individuals.

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
1 year ago

Access to clean drinking water is a serious issue. Why would somebody want to drink from locations that have been used for excrement, trash disposal, and other things if they weren’t poor? But they won’t have to do that once there is access to safe drinking water.

SarahDiv
SarahDiv
1 year ago

When there no enough education on hygiene and personal , the people should be expecting outbreak of diseases, The government should be ready to tackle the spread of the disease and spend quality time in educating the masses.

theApr
theApr
1 year ago

There is a severe problem with access to safe drinking water. If someone wasn’t destitute, why would they desire to drink from places that have previously been used for feces, trash disposal, and other things? But once there is access to safe drinking water, they won’t need to do that.