Outbreak Of Cholera In Nigeria Claims 30 Lives

The recent cholera outbreaks in Nigeria have prompted an urgent public health advisory from the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA). Mrs Gloria Ogbaki, the Head of Information and Communications at NBMA, relayed a cautionary statement on Friday from Dr Agnes Asagbra, the Director-General of the agency, emphasizing the critical need for public alertness and precautionary measures.

In a concerning tally, the cholera outbreaks across numerous states in Nigeria have resulted in 30 fatalities and 1,141 suspected infections. Dr Asagbra has appealed for heightened vigilance, especially in light of the upcoming Salah celebrations, stressing that safeguarding community health is paramount.

The cholera cases, stemming from a bacterial infection linked to the consumption of tainted food or water, have surfaced in various states, including Bayelsa, Zamfara, Abia, Cross River, Bauchi, Delta, Katsina, Imo, Nasarawa, and Lagos.

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This epidemic has triggered proactive monitoring and containment efforts by the NBMA in collaboration with health authorities to curb the spread of this water-borne disease. Dr Asagbra outlined several preventative strategies to combat cholera:

– Ensuring water is boiled or purified before consumption.
– Adhering to strict handwashing with soap and water post-toilet use, prior to eating, or during food preparation.
– Vigilant cooking of food and consumption while still hot.
– Avoiding the intake of raw fruits and vegetables without adequate washing.
– Remaining observant and reporting any instances of the illness.

As the nation grapples with this public health challenge, the NBMA’s directive underscores the importance of individual and collective action in maintaining hygiene practices to prevent the transmission of cholera.

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