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Cholera Outbreak, FCT reports 91 cases and 7 deaths.

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The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) stated on Thursday that seven persons have died in the territory’s cholera outbreak.

Dr Mohammed Kawu, Acting Secretary, FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat, told reporters that 91 suspected cases had been reported thus far.

He stated that the seven deaths occurred in the Wassa village (IDP camp) of the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC).

The Bwari and Gwagwalada Area Councils have not reported any deaths, according to Kawu.

He stated that the FCT has been receiving reports of rare occurrences of gastroenteritis in various communities since May 2021.

Kawu continued: “So far, 91 suspected cases have been enlisted, with 7 deaths in AMAC and none in Gwagwalada and Bwari Area Councils.

Using the quick diagnostic test equipment, three of these individuals proved positive for cholera.”

According to the acting secretary, the FCT Health Secretariat, through the Department of Public Health, has increased community surveillance, and health authorities have urged area councils to do the same.

He also stated that some of the health facilities had received RDT test kits, medications, and consumables.

Dr. Mohammed Kawo, Acting Secretary, FCTA Health and Human Service Secretariat, told reporters yesterday in Abuja that the acute faeco-gastro intestinal infection has been documented in three area councils: Abuja Municipal, Bwari, and Gwagwalada.

Kawo stated that the victims tested positive for cholera using the Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) kit, despite the fact that they were from the Municipal Area Council, and that no deaths were reported in Bwari and Gwagwalada.

 

In light of the foregoing, he stated that the Health and Human Service Secretariat, through the Department of Public Health (DPH), increased community surveillance and directed councils to do the same.

“We have placed some RDT test kits, medications, and consumables in some of our health facilities where instances have been reported, and we are in the process of distributing them to these commodities with health institutions, including some significant primary health care centers.”

“Community sensitization on preventive measures is ongoing; in view of the foregoing, FCT residents are urged to report any episode of diarrhoea to the nearest health facility or DPH,” Kawo stated.

He recommended people to use clean, boiled, and filtered water in their homes.

“Most essential, be certain that all food is thoroughly washed and prepared before consumption. Ensure that waste, particularly faecal waste, is disposed of in a sanitary manner, while also enhancing overall personal hygiene,” he advised.

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