17 July 2021 By Remi Johnson
The Federal Capital Territory Administration says it has recorded a total of 604 suspected cases of cholera in the six area councils with 54 deaths.
Minister of State for FCT, , Dr. Ramatu Tijjani
Aliyu, made this known in Abuja during a community sensitization on cholera and acute diarrhea in Abuja.
At the ceremony held at the palace of the Agora of Zuba, the minister expressed concern over the increasing number of suspected cases and urged residents to cultivate a hygienic culture.
The minister further explained that over 120 communities are involved across the six area councils with the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) having the highest number of cases followed by Gwagalada and Bwari area Councils.
According to her, some of the communities involved in Gwagwalada include Zuba, Shenagu, Katse 1 & 2, Tunga Gaya, Chitumu, Yimi, Ikwa, Tunga-Maje, Anagada amongst others.
She therefore called for proper disposal of sewage and refuse, good hand washing practices and consumption of safe water as a means of curbing further spread of the disease.
” behavioral changes and improved sanitation and quick access to treatment… boil your water before drinking with a cup…” Dr Aliyu advised.
In his remarks, the FCTA Permanent Secretary, Mr. Olusade Adesola, who was represented by the Ag. Secretary, FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat, Dr. Mohamed Kawu, said the Secretariat was working with development partners and the six area councils to curb the spread.