Nigeria has recorded a total of 2,187 confirmed cases of cholera, including 233 deaths in 31 states from January to September 25.
This was published in the public health advisory of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and Prevention on its website on Thursday.
The advisory titled ‘Stop Cholera: Strengthening Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Nigeria’ noted that the outbreak of cholera has been exacerbated by limited access to clean water and sanitation facilities, open defecation, and poor hygiene practices.
“The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention is leading the national response to an ongoing outbreak of cholera in affected states in Nigeria. A total of 2,187 confirmed cases of cholera have been reported from 31 states and 233 deaths recorded from the 1st of January to the 25th of September 2022”, the statement read.
“Following a recent increase in the number of cholera cases, the multi-sectoral National Cholera Technical Working Group in collaboration with partners has been supporting affected states in risk communication, active case search, case management, and water, sanitation, and hygiene interventions. The NCDC-led multisectoral TWG includes representation from the Federal Ministries of Environment and Water Resources, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, the World Health Organisation, United Nations Children’s Fund and other partners.
“The outbreak has been exacerbated by limited access to clean water and sanitation facilities, open defecation, and poor hygiene practices. In response, NCDC and its partners have supported the affected states with commodities for case management and laboratory diagnosis, materials for risk communications, and response guidelines among other things. However, medical interventions alone are not sufficient to address the root causes -water, sanitation, and hygiene – of cholera outbreaks.”
The Agency further noted that the long-term solution for cholera control lies in access to safe drinking water, maintenance of proper sanitation (especially the discontinuation of open defecation) and the practice of hygiene.
State Governments are thereby urged to prioritise action for solutions that ensure access to and use of safe water, basic sanitation, and proper hygiene practices in communities.