The Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, has confirmed the death of seven persons and 91 suspected outbreak of cholera in the nation’s capital.
Acting Secretary, FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat, Dr Mohammed Kawu stated this while speaking on the FCT situation report on cholera in Abuja, said only 3 had been confirmed out of the seven deaths.
Dr Kawu who explained that since May 2021, FCT had began to receive reports of sporadic cases of gastro-enteritis in some communities, said the seven deaths were recorded in Wassa IDP camp in Abuja Municipal Area Council AMAC.
According to Kawu, no death has been reported in Bwari and Gwagwalada Area Councils.
The Acting secretary stated that, “A total of 91 suspected cases have so far been enlisted with 7 deaths in AMAC, no death in Gwagwalada and Bwari Area Councils. Out of these, 3 of the cases tested positive for cholera using the rapid diagnostic test kit.”
Dr Kawu however assured that the FCT Health Secretariat had strengthened surveillance in the communities and health facilities, enjoined residents to improve on their general personal hygiene.
“Ensure that the water used for domestic purposes is clean, boiled and filtered. Ensure that all foods are properly cleaned and well cooked before consumption. Ensure that waste especially faecal waste are hygienically disposed off. Improve on general personal hygiene.” Kawu advised
Dr Kawu therefore advised all residents, particularly parents and guardians to report any case of diarrhea and vomiting immediately to the nearest health centers.
On his part, the Acting Director Public Health, Sadiq Abdulrahman said the Department has what it takes to handle the cholera case.