Federal Government Takes Action Against Cholera Outbreak With Support For Affected States

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The Federal Ministry of Environment has expressed deep concern over a cholera outbreak affecting several Nigerian states, resulting in numerous fatalities and widespread illness.

Minister of State for Environment, Dr. Iziaq Adekunle Salako, announced immediate measures to curb the spread of the disease. These include providing water and food testing to identify sources of infection, environmental sanitation campaigns, and household water chlorination.

According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), there have been 1,159 suspected cases, 65 confirmed cases, and 30 deaths across 30 states. The most affected states, accounting for 90% of the total cases, include Bayelsa, Lagos, Zamfara, Abia, Bauchi, Cross River, Ebonyi, Delta, and Katsina.

Dr. Salako highlighted that arrangements are being made to support the most affected states with chlorine solutions, water and food testing resources, and technical advisory.

The Ministry of Environment has launched a nationwide sensitization campaign on cholera prevention and control measures, aiming to collaborate with health authorities and stakeholders in line with the Federal Government’s one health approach.

Cholera, an acute diarrheal infection caused by ingesting contaminated food or water, remains a global health threat. Symptoms can include frequent watery stools, nausea, and vomiting, appearing within 12 hours to 5 days of infection.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified the current global cholera outbreak as a ‘grade 3 public health emergency,’ requiring a maximal response. Nigeria is one of 14 African countries experiencing this resurgence.

Dr. Salako urged Nigerians to adopt good sanitation and hygiene practices, including using clean and safe water, boiling or treating suspicious water sources, and avoiding locally prepared drinks unless hygienically assured.

He also advised regular handwashing with soap, proper waste disposal, avoiding open defecation, and consuming well-cooked and covered food.

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