Nigeria Battles Cholera Outbreak, Sets Up Emergency Measures

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) has activated a national cholera emergency centre after the outbreak of the disease in the country.

As of June 24, there have been 1,528 suspected cholera cases and 63 deaths across 31 states and 107 local government areas, with a case fatality rate of 3.5% since the beginning of the year. Dr Jide Idris, the Director-General of NCDC, has expressed fear that the situation might be compounded as the rainy season intensifies.

The government has called on all Nigerians to be more vigilant, adopt good sanitation and hygiene practices at home and in their workplace, and take preventive measures to combat the spread of cholera. The Ministry of Environment also advised Nigerians to avoid locally made drinks such as kunu, zobo, and fura to prevent cholera.


Women leading the cholera battle in northeast Nigeria (file photo).

Follow AllAfrica

AllAfrica publishes around 500 reports a day from more than 100 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.