25 June 2021 By Remi Johnson
The Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, has confirmed the death of 7 persons and 91 suspected cases of outbreak of cholera
Acting Secretary, FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat, Dr Mohammed Kawu stated this while speaking on the situation report on the outbreak in Abuja.
Dr Kawu who explained that since May 2021, the FCT began to receive reports of sporadic cases of gastro-enteritis in some communities, said the seven deaths were recorded in Wassa IDP camp in Abuja Municipal Area Council AMAC.
Dr Kawu who assured that the FCT Heath Secretariat had strengthened surveillance in the communities and health facilities, enjoined residents to improve on their personal hygiene.
“Ensure that the water used for domestic purposes is clean, boiled and filtered. Ensure that all foods are properly cleaned and well cooked before consumption. Ensure that waste especially faecal waste are hygienically disposed off. Improve on general personal hygiene.” Kawu advised
According to Kawu, no death has been reported in Bwari and Gwagwalada Area Councils.
“A total of 91 suspected cases have so far been enlisted with 7 deaths in AMAC, no death in Gwagwalada and Bwari Area Councils. Out of these, 3 of the cases tested positive for cholera using the rapid diagnostic test kit”
Dr Kawu therefore advised all residents, particularly parents and guardians to report any case of diarrhea and vomiting immediately to the nearest health centers.
On his part, the Acting Director Public Health, Sadiq Abdulrahman said the Department has what it takes to handle the cholera case.