Cholera: Minister of Environment, NCDC DG, blame poor sanitation, unhygienic practices

Written by on September 1, 2021

The cholera epidemic, which has been silently growing nationwide since beginning of the year, is currently taking its toll across communities in the country.

2,035 deaths, 58,698 suspected cases and a case fatality ratio (CFR) of 3.5 per cent have been reported in 305 local government areas in 23 states and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT. Bauchi, Katsina, and Zamfara states account for 73.9% of cholera cases in 1 week.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) describes cholera as an acute diarrhoeal infection caused by eating or drinking food or water contaminated with the bacterium, vibrio cholerae  and remains a global threat to public health.

It also described the disease as an indicator of inequity and lack of social development.

Nigeria is one of the countries consistently hit annually. As the situation gradually worsens, Minister of Environment, Mohammad Abubakar, and Director-General of the NCDC, Dr Chikwe Iheakweazu, have warned that Nigeria will continue to experience large cholera outbreaks in the absence of clean water, poor sanitation practices and open defecation.

But in a reaction, President of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) Professor Innocent Ujah, charged the Federal Government to take immediate steps towards containing the disease, saying Nigeria created the environment for the diseases to thrive.


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