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.

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

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